The Criterion Column: September Brings Malick, Oshima, Godard, Donen and King

The September releases of Breathless on Blu-Ray and The Thin Red Line on Blu-Ray and DVD aren't so much of a surprise. A high-def Breathless release was inevitable and the Malick title leaked out a while ago. Also, Charade is the sort of classic Hollywood auterist fare that Criterion often deals in. No, the big surprise here is Oshima's Happy Birthday Mr. Lawrence. Both this release and the recent Oshima DVD box indicate that Criterion is seriously intent to digging deeper into the director's filmography. Finally, it would be a mistake not to mention the Eclipse box set of Allan King films. The Canadian director's documentaries have never been readily available in the U.S. so this box should expose his work to an entirely new audience (including this writer). 

THE CRITERION COLLECTION 2010 RELEASE CALENDAR (Covers January through September 2010, up-to-date as of July 7, 2010)


SEPTEMBER 2010

Jean-Luc Godard, BREATHLESS, DVD & BD, 9/14/10, US & English Speaking Canada only
Stanley Donen, CHARADE, BD, 9/21/10, US & Canada
Nagisa Oshima, MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE, DVD & BD, 9/28/10, US & Canada
Terence Malick, THE THIN RED LINE, DVD & BD, 9/28/10, US & Canada
Allan King, ECLIPSE SERIES 24: THE ACTUALITY DRAMAS OF ALLAN KING (WARRENDALE/A MARRIED COUPLE/COME ON CHILDREN/DYING AT GRACE/MEMORY FOR MAX, CLAIRE, IDA AND COMPANY), 5 DVD BOX, 9/21/10, US & Canada

AUGUST 2010

Akira Kurosawa, ECLIPSE SERIES 23: THE FIRST FILMS OF AKIRA KUROSAWA 

(SANSHIRO SUGATA/THE MOST BEAUTIFUL/SANSHIRO SUGATA, PART TWO /THE MEN WHO TREAD ON THE TIGER'S TAIL), 4 DVD BOX, 8/3/10. US & Canada

Terry Zwigoff, CRUMB, DVD & BD, 8/10/10,  US & Canada
Terry Zwigoff, LOUIE BLUIE, DVD, 8/10/10,  US & Canada
Marcel Camus, 
BLACK ORPHEUS, 2-DISC DVD & BD, 8/17/10,  US & Canada
Maurice Pialat, 
L'ENFANCE NUE, DVD, 8/17/10, US & English Speaking Canada only
Josef von Sternberg, 
THREE SILENT CLASSICS BY JOSEF VON STERNBERG (UNDERWORLD/THE LAST COMMAND/THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK), 3 DVD BOX, 8/24/10, US & Canada


JULY 2010


Yasujiro Ozu, THE ONLY SON/THERE WAS A FATHER: TWO FILMS BY YASUJIRO OZU, 2 DVD BOX, 7/13/2010, US & English speaking Canada

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, BLACK NARCISSUSDVD & BD, 7/20/10, US & Canada

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, THE RED SHOESDVD & BD, 7/20/10, US & Canada

Abdellatif KechicheTHE SECRET OF THE GRAIN, DVD & BD, 7/27/10, US Only

Sacha GuitryECLIPSE SERIES 22: PRESENTING SACHA GUITRY (THE STORY OF A CHEAT/THE PEARLS OF THE CROWN/DÉSIRÉ/QUADRILLE)4 DVD BOX, 7/27/2010, US & English speaking Canada

JUNE 2010


Jim Jarmusch, MYSTERY TRAIN, DVD & BD, 6/15/10, US & Canada

Abbas Kiarostami, CLOSE-UP, DVD & BD, 6/22/10, US Only

Michelangelo Antonioni, RED DESERT, DVD & BD, 6/22/10, US & English-speaking Canada,

Carol Reed, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH, DVD & BD, 6/22/10, US & Canada

Jan Troell, EVERLASTING MOMENTS, DVD & BD, 6/29/10, US Only

Luchino Visconti, THE LEOPARD, DVD & BD, 6/29/10, US & Canada


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, BD, 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


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

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


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

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

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