Apr 162018
 

The Criterion Collection has announced the date and released artwork for a variety of great titles for July including sex, lies and videotape and Bull Durham amongst others. Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 


The Criterion Collection has announced the July 2018 line-up See below for details on each.

DIETRICH & VON STERNBERG IN HOLLYWOOD

MSRP $124.95 | July 3, 2018

Synopsis: Tasked by studio executives with finding the next great screen siren, visionary Hollywood director JOSEF VON STERNBERG joined forces with rising German actor MARLENE DIETRICH, kicking off what would become one of the most legendary partnerships in cinema history. Over the course of six films produced by Paramount in the 1930s, the pair refined their shared fantasy of pleasure, beauty, and excess. Dietrich’s coolly transgressive mystique was am perfect match for the provocative roles von Sternberg cast her in—including a sultry chanteuse, a cunning spy, and the hedonistic Catherine the Great—and the filmmaker captured her allure with chiaroscuro lighting and opulent design, conjuring fever-dream visions of exotic settings from Morocco to Shanghai. Suffused with frank sexuality and worldly irony, these deliriously entertaining masterpieces are landmarks of cinematic artifice.

TITLES INCLUDE: MoroccoDishonoredShanghai ExpressBlonde VenusThe Scarlet EmpressThe Devil is a Woman

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 2K or 4K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
• New interviews with film scholars Janet Bergstrom and Homay King; director Josef von Sternberg’s son, Nicholas; Deutsche Kinemathek curator Silke Ronneburg; and costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis
• New documentary about actor Marlene Dietrich’s German origins, featuring film scholars Gerd Gemünden and Noah Isenberg
• New documentary on Dietrich’s status as a feminist icon, featuring film scholars Mary Desjardins, Amy Lawrence, and Patricia White
• The Legionnaire and the Lady, a 1936 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Morocco, featuring Dietrich and actor Clark Gable
• New video essay by critics Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López
• The Fashion Side of Hollywood, a 1935 publicity short featuring Dietrich and costume designer Travis Banton
• Television interview with Dietrich from 1971
• PLUS: A book featuring essays by critics Imogen Sara Smith, Gary Giddins, and Farran Smith Nehme


BULL DURHAM

MSRP $39.95 (Blu-ray), $29.95 (DVD) | July 10, 2018

Synopsis: Former minor leaguer RON SHELTON (White Men Can’t Jump) hit a grand slam with his directorial debut, one of the most revered sports movies of all time. Durham Bulls devotee Annie Savoy (Thelma & Louise’s SUSAN SARANDON)—who every year takes a new player under her wing (and into her bed)—has singled out the loose-cannon pitching prospect Nuke LaLoosh (The Player’s TIM ROBBINS), a big-league talent with a rock-bottom maturity level. But she’s unable to shake Crash Davis (Dances with Wolves’ KEVIN COSTNER), the veteran catcher brought in to give Nuke some on-the-field seasoning. A breakthrough film for all three of its stars and an Oscar nominee for Shelton’s highly quotable screenplay, Bull Durham is a freewheeling hymn to wisdom, experience, and America’s pastime, tipping its cap to all those who grind it out for love of the game.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Ron Shelton, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS?HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
• Two audio commentaries featuring Shelton and actors Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins
• New conversation between Shelton and film critic Michael Sragow
• Between the Lines: The Making of “Bull Durham,” a 2002 program featuring interviews with cast and crew, including Shelton, Costner, Robbins, and actor Susan Sarandon
• The Greatest Show on Dirt, a 2008 appreciation of the film featuring former players, broadcasters, and sports-film aficionados
• NBC Nightly News piece from 1993 on the final season of baseball at Durham Athletic Park, where Bull Durham takes place and was shot
• Interview with Max Patkin, known as the Clown Prince of Baseball, from a 1991 episode of NBC’s Today
• Trailer
• PLUS: Excerpts from a 1989 piece by longtime New Yorker baseball writer Roger Angell, with new comments from the author

1988 • 108 MINUTES • COLOR • 2.0 SURROUND • 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO


A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

MSRP $39.95 (Blu-ray), $29.95 (DVD) | July 24, 2018

Synopsis: After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (The Pink Panther’s DAVID NIVEN) encounters the American radio operator (A Streetcar Named Desire’s KIM HUNTER) to whom he’s just delivered his dying wishes and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the afterlifearrives to correct the clerical error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth—painted by production designer ALFRED JUNGE and cinematographer JACK CARDIFF as a rich Technicolor Eden—climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist heaven. Peppered by humorous jabs intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, the richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death, directed by MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER (The Red Shoes), traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary from 2009 featuring film scholar Ian Christie
• New interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker, director Michael Powell’s widow
• New interview with film historian Craig Barron on the film’s visual effects and production design
• Interview from 2009 with filmmaker Martin Scorsese
• The Colour Merchant, a 1998 short film by Craig McCall featuring cinematographer Jack Cardiff
• PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek
• More!

1946 • 104 MINUTES • COLOR/BLACK & WHITE • MONAURAL • 1.37:1 ASPECT RATIO


SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE

MSRP $39.95 (Blu-ray), $29.95 (DVD) | July 17, 2018

SYNOPSIS: With his provocative feature debut, twenty-six-yearold STEVEN SODERBERGH (Traffic) trained his focus on the complexities of human intimacy and deception in the modern age. Housewife Ann (Green Card’s ANDIE MACDOWELL) feels distant from her lawyer husband, John (The Player’s PETER GALLAGHER), who is sleeping with her sister (Pretty Woman’s LAURA SAN GIACOMO). When John’s old friendGraham (a magnetic, Cannes-award-winning JAMES SPADER) comes to town, Ann is drawn to the soft-spoken outsider, eventually uncovering his startling private obsession: videotaping women as they confess their deepest desires. A piercingly intelligent and flawlessly performed chamber piece, in which the video camera becomes a charged metaphor for the characters’ isolation, the Palme d’Or–winning sex, lies, and videotape changed the landscape of American film, helping pave the way for the thriving independent scene of the 1990s.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Steven Soderbergh, with 5.1 surround DTS?HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary from 1998 featuring director Steven Soderbergh in conversation with filmmaker Neil LaBute
• New program by Soderbergh, featuring responses to questions sent in by fans
• Interviews with Soderbergh from 1990 and 1992
• New documentary about the making of the film featuring actors Peter Gallagher, Andie MacDowell, and Laura San Giacomo
• New conversation with composer Cliff Martinez and supervising sound editor Larry Blake
• Deleted scene with commentary by Soderbergh
• Trailers
• More!
• PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and, in the Blu-ray release, excerpts from Soderbergh’s diaries written at the time of the film’s production

1989 • 100 MINUTES • COLOR • 5.1 SURROUND • 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO


DRAGON INN

MSRP $39.95 (Blu-ray), $29.95 (DVD) | July ,10 2018

Synopsis: The art of martial-arts filmmaking took a leap into bold new territory with this action-packed tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue. After having the emperor’s minister of defense executed, a power-grabbing eunuch sends assassins to trail the victim’s children to a remote point on the northern Chinese border. But that bloodthirsty mission is confounded by a mysterious group of fighters who arrive on the scene, intent on delivering justice and defending the innocent. The first film KING HU (A Touch of Zen) made after moving to Taiwan from Hong Kong in search of more creative freedom, Dragon Inn combines rhythmic editing, meticulous choreography, and gorgeous widescreen compositions with a refinement that was new to the wuxia genre. Its blockbuster success breathed new life into a classic formula and established Hu as one of Chinese cinema’s most audacious innovators.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Hua Hui-ying, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New interview with actor Shangkuan Ling-fung
• Interview from 2016 with actor Shih Chun
• Scene analysis by author and New York Asian Film Festival cofounder Grady Hendrix
• Newsreel footage of the film’s 1967 premiere in Taipei, Taiwan
• Trailer
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by critic Andrew Chan

1967 • 111 MINUTES • COLOR • MONAURAL • IN MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • 2.35:1 ASPECT RATIO



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