September Criterion Releases Announced

September Criterion Releases Announced

The Criterion Collection have announced their September lineup, as they usually do mid-month. This month’s line up is as follows:

Spine #200 – The Honeymoon Killers

The Honeymoon KillersThe Honeymoon Killers gets the mention this month as being the sole entry in the collection to get a Bluray upgrade. Personally, I found this particular film an interesting entry into the collection and an enjoyable film. I wouldn’t say it’s a film that you’d desperately need to upgrade from DVD to Bluray though is you already own it.

Special Features:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview program featuring actors Tony Lo Bianco and Marilyn Chris and editor Stan Warnow
  • Interview with writer-director Leonard Kastle from 2003
  • “Dear Martha,” a new video essay by writer Scott Christianson, author of Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

Spine #772 – Blind Chance

Blind Chance

Prior to the Three Colours Trilogy, Krzysztof Kieślowski made Blind Chance. I haven’t had a chance to catch this but given the quality of Kieślowski’s films, this will be another stellar achievement.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration of the original uncensored film, approved by cinematographer Krzysztof Pakulski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Polish film critic Tadeusz Sobolewski
  • Interview with director Agnieszka Holland from 2003
  • Nine sections from the film originally censored by the Central Film Board in Poland
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Dennis Lim and a 1993 interview about the film with director Krzysztof Kieślowski

Spine #773 – Breaker Morant

Breaker Morant

Breaker Morant is one of the films I had been quietly hoping would make its way into the collection (alongside the many other Australian films I wish were in the collection). One of Australia’s great masterpieces, this is a must have film for any Criterion collector.

Special Features:

DIRECTORAPPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Beresford from 2004
  • New interviews with Beresford, cinematographer Donald McAlpine, and actor Bryan Brown
  • Interview with actor Edward Woodward from 2004
  • New piece about the Boer War with historian Stephen Miller
  • 1974 documentary The Breaker, profiling the real Harry “Breaker” Morant, plus a 2010 statement by its director, Frank Shields
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard

Spine #774 – Mister Johnson

Mister Johnson

You wish for one Bruce Beresford film, and turns out you get two. This month Mister Johnson joins the collection. This is a previous entry into the laser disc run for Criterion. Mister Johnson was also released on DVD many years ago with this cover (take it for face value if you wish):

Mister Johnson Original

Special Features:

DIRECTORAPPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New video interviews with Beresford, producer Michael Fitzgerald, and actors Maynard Eziashi and Pierce Brosnan
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard

Spine #775 – A Room With A View

A Room With A View

It’s been a while since there’s been a Merchant Ivory film in the collection, and what a way to launch back with A Room With A View. This is a perfect film to launch Merchant Ivory back into the collection, and hopefully this entry means that Howard’s End may return from the depths of Out Of Print land.

DIRECTORAPPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts, with 2.0 surround Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with director James Ivory, Pierce-Roberts, costume designer John Bright, and actors Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Callow, and Julian Sands
  • Segment about Merchant Ivory Productions from a 1987 NBC television program
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme

Spine #776 – Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Ah, yes, it wouldn’t be a year without another Wes Anderson film being added to the collection. This is personally my least favourite film from Wes Anderson’s collection, and as a personal peeve, I’m a bit annoyed at the lack of cover art parity with the other Wes Anderson films in the collection, but a nice beach is good I guess?

DIRECTORAPPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • Restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola
  • Selected-scene storyboard animatics
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Exploring the Set of “Moonrise Kingdom,” an original documentary about the film
  • Norton’s home movies from the set
  • Behind-the-scenes, special effects, and test footage
  • Auditions
  • Trailer
  • More!
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien, plus a map of New Penzance Island and other ephemera

 

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