The Criterion Column: October Brings Kubrick's PATHS OF GLORY, THE SEVEN SAMURAI on Blu-Ray, Ingmar Bergman, HOUSE, and More

The October 2010 batch of Criterion titles brings a few surprises. Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray as is Ingmar Bergman's film The Magician. Criterion continues its relationship with Wes Anderson by releasing The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-Ray and DVD. Ok.

Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai is headed for Blu-Ray with a new restored high-def transfer. If the quality of Criterion's other Kurosawa Blu-Ray discs (e.g. Kagemusha, Sanjuro and Yojimbo) are any indication, it is time to ditch the DVDs. This one should look spectacular.

Finally, Nobuhiko Obayashi's House is making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD just in time for Halloween. There are a few things to note here. First, the fact that Criterion is releasing this on Blu-Ray with a restored transfer and uncompressed mono sound is kind of a surprise. This is a very good thing. The other curious thing is the extras. Why is there a "video appreciation" by Ti West, but no appearances by contemporary Japanese filmmakers? One can assume it's a matter of marketability. This doesn't make it any less odd, though.


THE CRITERION COLLECTION 2010 RELEASE CALENDAR (January through October 2010, up-to-date as of July 17, 2010)


OCTOBER 2010

Wes Anderson, THE DARJEELING LIMITED, DVD & BD, 10/12/10, US & Canada
Ingmar Bergman, THE MAGICIAN, DVD & BD, 9/14/10, US & English speaking Canada only
Akira Kurosawa, THE SEVEN SAMURAI, BD, 10/19/10, US & Canada
Stanley Kubrick, PATHS OF GLORY, DVD & BD , 10/26/10, US & Canada
Nobuhiko Obayashi, HOUSE, DVD & BD, 10/26/10, US & Canada


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 NARCISSUS, DVD & BD, 7/20/10, US & Canada

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

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

Sacha Guitry, ECLIPSE 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, M, BD, 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

Various, ESSENTIAL ARTHOUSE COLLECTION VOL. 5 (BRIEF ENCOUNTER/8 1/2/FLOATING WEEDS/JULES AND JIM/KAPÒ), INDIVIDUAL DVDS & 5 DVD BOX, 4/13/2010, 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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