The Criterion Column: Chaplin, Laughton, Von Trier, and Some Radical 60s and 70s Cinema

In November, The Criterion Collection is set to release an eclectic mix of American classics with a bit of European transgression thrown in. A newly restored version of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times is planned for DVD and Blu-Ray. Charles Laughton's stunning black-and-white noir/horror tale Night of the Hunter (1955) is also on the schedule for DVD and Blu-Ray. Lars Von Trier's Antichrist will invade home video players everywhere.

Those are great releases, but highlight of the November list is the America Lost and Found: The BBS Story box set, which features 6 films from Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider's production company BBS during the 60s-70s.  Titles include: Head, Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Drive He Said, The Last Picture Show, and The King Of Marvin Gardens. Think about the scope of this release for a second. This is six films by Dennis Hopper, Henry Jaglom, Jack Nicholson Bob Rafelson, and Peter Bogdanovich spread out over 6 Blu-Rays and 9 DVDs. That is just hard to beat. What's more, the Blu-Rays are available for pre-order for $99.99.

THE CRITERION COLLECTION 2010 RELEASE CALENDAR (January through November 2010, up-to-date as of August 21, 2010)


NOVEMBER 2010

Charlie Chaplin, MODERN TIMES, 2-DSC DVD & BD, 11/16/10, US & Canada
Charles Laughton, 
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, 2-DISC DVD & 2-DISC BD, 
11/16/10, US & Canada

Lars Von Trier, ANTICHRIST, 2-DISC DVD & BD, 11/9/10, US only

Various, AMERICA LOST AND FOUND: THE BBS STORY (HEAD/EASY RIDER/FIVE EASY PIECES/DRIVE, HE SAID/THE LAST PICTURE SHOW/THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS), 9-DISC DVD BOX & 6-DISC BD BOX, 11/23/10 (BD) and 12/14/10 (DVD), US & Canada


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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