The Criterion Column: May 2010 Releases, Out of Print Titles

The Criterion Collection is bringing out the big guns in May 2010. No, Hausu has not been announced yet, but another big Japanese release is forthcoming. Specifically, Criterion is releasing a 5 DVD box set of Nagisa Oshima films from the 1960s. Oshima's earlier works are very difficult to find in legitimate form so this announcement is very exciting.

The good news doesn't stop with Oshima. The second volume in the Stan Brakhage anthology will finally see the light of day, and both volumes will be collected on a 3 disc Blu-Ray set. Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout makes an appearance for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray. Fritz Lang's will receive the Blu-Ray treatment. Finally, John Ford fans (there are a few) can look forward to Stagecoach on DVD and Blu-Ray. As usual, full details on the new titles have been added to the 2010 release calendar at the bottom of this post.

In other news, Criterion has lost the rights to a large number of StudioCanal titles to LionsGate. These titles, including
Grand Illusion, Le corbeau, Pierrot Le Fou, Alphaville, and Peeping Tom, will go out of print in March 2010. Moises Chiu has a full rundown of the titles, and where to get them at Hollywood Elsewhere (check the link below).

THE CRITERION COLLECTION 2010 RELEASE CALENDAR (Up-to-date as of 2/13/2010)

JANUARY 2010

Federico Fellini, 8 ½, BD, 1/12/10, US & Canada
Steven Soderbergh, CHE, DVD & BD, 1/19/10, US only
Wim Wenders, PARIS, TEXAS, DVD &  BD, 1/26/10, US & English-speaking Canada
Roberto Rossellini, WAR TRILOGY (ROME OPEN CITY/PAISAN/GERMANY YEAR ZERO), 3 DVD BOX, 1/26/10, US & English-speaking Canada
Chantal Ackerman, ECLIPSE SERIES 19: CHANTAL AKERMAN IN THE SEVENTIES (LA CHAMBRE/JE TU IL ELLE/LES RENDEZ-VOUS D'ANNA) , 3 DVD BOX, 1/19/10, US & English-speaking Canada

FEBRUARY 2010

James Ivory, HOWARDS END, DVD, 2/23/10, US & Canada (DVD) & US only (BD)
Steve McQueen, HUNGER, DVD & BD, 2/16/10, US & Canada (DVD) & US only (BD) 
Max Ophüls, LOLA MONTÈS, DVD & BD, 2/16/10 ,US & English-speaking Canada
Gotz Spielmann, REVANCHE, DVD & BD,2/16/2010,US & English-speaking Canada
Leo McCarey, MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW, 2 DVD SET, 2/23/10, US & Canada
Various,  ECLIPSE SERIES 20: GEORGE BERNARD SHAW ON FILM (MAJOR BARBARA/CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA/ANDROCLES AND THE LION),3 DVD BOX, 2/23/10, US & Canada

MARCH 2010

Marco Ferreri, DILLINGER IS DEAD, DVD, 3/16/10, US & English-speaking Canada
Nicholas Ray, BIGGER THAN LIFE, DVD & BD, 3/23/10, US & Canada
Terence Malick, DAYS OF HEAVEN, BD, 3/23/10, US & Canada
Akira Kurosawa, YOJIMBO & SANJURO, BD &  2 BD BOX, 3/23/10, US & Canada
Pedro Costa, LETTERS FROM FONTAINHAS: THREE FILMS BY PEDRO COSTA (OSSOS/IN VANDA'S ROOM/COLOSSAL YOUTH), 3 DVD BOX, 3/30/10, US & English-speaking Canada

APRIL 2010

Jean-Luc Godard, VIVRE SA VIE, DVD & BD, 4/20/2010, US & English-speaking Canada
Ang Lee, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, DVD & BD, 4/27/2010, US & Canada
Sidney Lumet, THE FUGITIVE KIND, 2 DVD BOX, 4/27/2010, US & Canada
Olivier Assayas, SUMMER HOURS, DVD & BD, 4/20/2010, US only

MAY 2010


Stan Brakhage, BY BRAKHAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY, VOLUME TWO, 3 DVD BOX, 5/25/10 US & Canada

Stan Brakhage, BY BRAKHAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY, VOLUMES ONE AND TWO, 3 BD BOX, 5/25/10, US & Canada

Fritz Lang, MBD, 5/11/10, US Only

John Ford, STAGECOACH, DVD & BD, 5/25/2010, US Only

Nicolas Roeg,WALKABOUT, DVD & BD, 5/18/2010, US & English-speaking Canada

Various, ECLIPSE SERIES 21: OSHIMA'S OUTLAW SIXTIES (PLEASURES OF THE FLESH/VIOLENCE AT NOON/SING A SONG OF SEX /THREE RESURRECTED DRUNKARDS), 5 DVD BOX, 5/18/2010, US & English-speaking Canada

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