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Criterion Announces October Slate

17 Jul, 2009 By: Billy Gil

Criterion continues its record of excellence with Blu-ray debuts as well as some new DVDs of major works from by the filmmakers Costa-Gavras (Z), Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and James Ivory (Howards End), the latter of which won first place in a poll for which Criterion film viewers most wanted on Blu-ray Disc. The discs feature new high-definition transfers.

Monsoon Wedding
Street Date: 10/20
Prebook Date: 9/15
SRP/Format: $39.95 DVD or BD


Mira Nair’s Indian wedding comedy comes in a restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mira Nair and director of photography Declan Quinn. The discs feature a commentary with Nair; short documentaries and short features by Nair; a new video interview with actor Naseeruddin Shah, conducted by Nair; new video interviews with Quinn and production designer Stephanie Carroll; a new and improved English subtitle translation; and an essay by critic and travel writer Pico Iyer.

Wings of Desire
Street Date: 11/3
Prebook Date: 9/22
SRP/Format: $39.95 DVD or BD


Wim Wenders’ film about an angel who gives up his immortality to be with a woman comes in a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wenders. The discs include a commentary with Wenders and actor Peter Falk, a documentary on the film, exerpts from a French television program, an interview with director of photography Henri Alekan, deleted scenes and outtakes, excerpts from related films, notes and photos by production designer Heidi Lüdi and art director Toni Lüdi, a new and improved English subtitle translation, and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson and writings by Wenders and screenwriter Peter Handke.

Howards End
Street Date: 11/3
Prebook Date: 9/22
SRP/Format: $39.95 BD

Director James Ivory’s version of E. M. Forster’s 1910 novel about class divisions in Edwardian England, starring Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave, comes in a high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts. The Blu-ray includes a featurette on late producer Ismail Merchant by director James Ivory, several making-of featurettes and an essay by critic Kenneth Turan.

Z
Street Date: 10/27
Prebook Date: 9/29
SRP/Format: $39.95 BD


Costa-Gavras’s political thriller comes in a high-definition digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Raoul Coutard. The Blu-ray includes a commentary featuring film historian Peter Cowie; new interviews with Costa-Gavras and Coutard; archival interviews with the cast, crew and Vassilis Vassilikos, author of the book Z; a new and improved English subtitle translation; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White.

In addition, Criterion’s Eclipse line present in October will release three films by Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev. He’s known for scandalous political comedies WR: Mysteries of the Organism and Sweet Movie, and the new releases encompass his three films, which look at Communist Yugoslavia in the 1960s.

Eclipse Series 18: Dusan Makavejev Free Radical
Street Date: 10/13
Prebook Date: 9/15
SRP/Format: $44.95 DVD



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