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It's still Del Toros' masterpiece. The man at the height of his imaginative powers and his very very best as a filmmaker. I find something new to love about it every time I watch it (this time the transformation of the insect into the fairy and how you question whether the insect was always the fairy or if Ofelia is transforming it with her imagination).


There's a wonderful conversation on the disc with Del Toro and Cornelia Funke as they discuss fantasy and the difficulty with writing a screenplay like Pans for an American audience. Worth the price of admission alone.


I had no issues with the new color grading, personally. It's a wonderful transfer if you can get past that issue but I think I might prefer the moodier look to this release. Either way, gone is the waxy New Line release.


Now I must watch The Devils Backbone and Crimson Peak in the near future.

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  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New documentary featuring cast and crew interviews as well as excerpts from a 1976 audio interview with director Stanley Kubrick
  • New program about the film’s groundbreaking visuals, featuring focus puller Douglas Milsome and gaffer Lou Bogue, as well as excerpts from a 1980 interview with cinematographer John Alcott
  • New program about Academy Award–winning production designer Ken Adam with historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • New interview with editor Anthony Lawson
  • French television interview from 1976 with Oscar-winning costume designer Ulla-Britt Söderlund
  • New interview with critic Michel Ciment
  • New interview with actor Leon Vitali about the 5.1 surround soundtrack, which he cosupervised
  • New piece analyzing the fine-art-inspired aesthetics of the film with art curator Adam Eaker
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and two pieces about the film from the March 1976 issue of American Cinematographer


:o 1.66:1 too, unlike the Warner disc. I wonder if Warner will let Criterion have any of their other Kubrick titles?







• Restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director David Lynch
• 7.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, supervised by Lynch
• Alternate original 2.0 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
• The Missing Pieces, ninety minutes of deleted and alternate takes from the film, assembled by Lynch
• New interview with actor Sheryl Lee
• Interviews from 2014 by Lynch with actors Lee, Ray Wise, and Grace Zabriskie
• More!
• PLUS: An interview with Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch


This was known to be in the works. Somewhat redundant for owners of the complete mystery box set, but I believe Criterion are aiming to release every Lynch film. 







  • 2K digital master, supervised by director of photography Yorick Le Saux and approved by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Assayas
  • 2016 festival press conference featuring members of the film’s cast and crew, including actor Kristen Stewart
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Glenn Kenny







  • High-definition digital master, supervised by director of photography Kuba Kijowski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Agnieszka Smoczyńska, actors Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszańska, screenwriter Robert Bolesto, Kijowski, composers Barbara and Zuzanna Wroński, sound designer Marcin Lenarczyk, and choreographer Kaya Kołodziejczyk
  • Deleted scenes
  • Aria Diva (2007) and Viva Maria! (2010), two short films directed by Smoczyńska
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by writer Angela Lovell



And finally, two more biggies for me...






  • High-definition digital transfer of the original German version of the film, from the 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate version with English text
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Tony Rayns
  • Carl Th. Dreyer, a 1966 documentary by Jørgen Roos chronicling Dreyer’s career
  • Video essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer’s influences in creating Vampyr
  • Radio broadcast from 1958 of Dreyer reading an essay about filmmaking
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Mark Le Fanu and Kim Newman, a piece by Koerber on the restoration, and a 1964 interview with producer and actor Nicolas de Gunzburg
  • AND: A book featuring Dreyer and Christen Jul’s original screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 story “Carmilla,” a source for the film





  • New, restored 4K digital transfers of two versions of the film, the 1952 European one and the 1955 U.S. and UK one, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1995 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles scholar Myron Meisel
  • Filming “Othello,” Welles’s last completed film, a 1979 essay-documentary
  • Return to Glennascaul, a 1953 short film made by actors Micheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards during a hiatus from shooting Othello
  • New interview with Welles biographer Simon Callow
  • Souvenirs d’“Othello,” a 1995 documentary about actor Suzanne Cloutier by François Girard
  • New interview with Welles scholar François Thomas on the two versions
  • New interview with Ayanna Thompson, author of Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America
  • Interview from 2014 with scholar Joseph McBride
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien


This was announced some months ago but delayed a couple of times. 

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Oh that's one expensive lineup for me. I've already got the Twin Peaks box, but the rest is all rather marvellous. 

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I'm really beginning to wonder what other Kubrick titles Warner might let criterion have. I was watching Lolita recently and that's still a decent enough disc. If anything I'd like Criterion to do Eyes Wide Shut as it really needs a 4k scan and it might be nice to see in 1.66:1.


I wonder if Warner might let Criterion have everything but it's hard to think they'd let 2001 and The Shining go as I'd have thought we'll see a new 2001 disc (and UHD) from Warner for the 50th anniversary next year.



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We are thrilled to announce the December 5 release of 100 Years of Olympic Films, a landmark box set that documents the history of the Olympic Games through the lenses of an international array of filmmakers, including some of the world’s most acclaimed masters. Available in thirty-two-disc Blu-ray and forty-three-disc DVD editions, 100 Years of Olympic Films is now available for preorder at $319.96 from Criterion.com.

Spanning fifty-three movies and forty-one editions of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games, this one-of-a-kind collection assembles, for the first time, a century’s worth of Olympic films—the culmination of a monumental, award-winning archival project encompassing dozens of new restorations by the International Olympic Committee. These documentaries cast a cinematic eye on some of the most iconic moments in the history of modern sports, spotlighting athletes who embody the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”: Jesse Owens shattering sprinting world records on the track in 1936 Berlin, Jean Claude-Killy dominating the slopes of Grenoble in 1968, Joan Benoit breaking away to win the first-ever women’s marathon on the streets of Los Angeles in 1984. In addition to the work of Bud Greenspan, the man behind an impressive ten Olympic features, this stirring collective chronicle of triumph and defeat includes such landmarks of the documentary form as Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia and Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad, along with lesser-known but captivating contributions by major directors like Claude Lelouch, Carlos Saura, and Miloš Forman. It also serves as a fascinating window onto the formal development of cinema itself, as well as the technological progress that has enabled the viewer, over the years, to get ever closer to the action. Traversing continents and decades, and reflecting as well the social, cultural, and political changes that have shaped our recent history, this remarkable marathon of films offers nothing less than a panorama of a hundred years of human endeavor.

Blu-Ray and DVD Special Edition Collector’s Sets Feature

  • 53 newly restored films from 41 editions of the Olympic Games, presented together for the first time
  • Landmark 4K restorations of Olympia, Tokyo Olympiad, and Visions of Eight, among other titles
  • New scores for the silent films, composed by Maud Nelissen, Donald Sosin, and Frido ter Beek
  • A lavishly illustrated, 216-page hardcover book, featuring notes on the films by cinema historian Peter Cowie; a foreword by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee; a short history of the restoration project by restoration producer Adrian Wood; and hundreds of photographs from a century of Olympic Games

The Films

Stockholm 1912The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (dir. Adrian Wood)

Chamonix 1924The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (dir. Jean de Rovera)

Paris 1924The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (dir. Jean de Rovera)The Olympic Games in Paris 1924 (dir. Jean de Rovera)

St. Moritz 1928The White Stadium (dirs. Arnold Fanck, Othmar Gurtner)

Amsterdam 1928The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam (dir. unknown)The Olympic Games, Amsterdam 1928 (dir. Wilhelm Prager; supervisor Jules Perel)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936Youth of the World (dir. Carl Junghans)

Berlin 1936Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (dir. Leni Riefenstahl)

St. Moritz 1948Fight Without Hate (dir. André Michel)

London 1948XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport (dir. Castleton Knight)

Oslo 1952The VI Olympic Winter Games, Oslo 1952 (dir. Tancred Ibsen)

Helsinki 1952Where the World Meets (dir. Hannu Leminen)Gold and Glory (dir. Hannu Leminen)Memories of the Olympic Summer of 1952 (dir. unknown)

Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956White Vertigo (dir. Giorgio Ferroni)

Melbourne/Stockholm 1956Olympic Games, 1956 (dir. Peter Whitchurch)The Melbourne Rendez-vous (dir. René Lucot)Alain Mimoun (dir. Louis Gueguen)The Horse in Focus (dir. unknown)

Squaw Valley 1960People, Hopes, Medals (dir. Heribert Meisel)

Rome 1960The Grand Olympics (dir. Romolo Marcellini)

Innsbruck 1964IX Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck 1964 (dir. Theo Hörmann)

Tokyo 1964Tokyo Olympiad (dir. Kon Ichikawa)Sensation of the Century (prod. Taguchi Suketaro, supervisor Nobumasa Kawamoto)

Grenoble 196813 Days in France (dirs. Claude Lelouch, François Reichenbach)Snows of Grenoble (dirs. Jacques Ertaud, Jean-Jacques Languepin)

Mexico City 1968The Olympics in Mexico (dir. Alberto Isaac)

Sapporo 1972Sapporo Winter Olympics (dir. Masahiro Shinoda)

Munich 1972Visions of Eight (dirs. Miloš Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Yuri Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Mai Zetterling)

Innsbruck 1976White Rock (dir. Tony Maylam)

Montreal 1976Games of the XXI Olympiad (dirs. Jean-Claude Labrecque, Jean Beaudin, Marcel Carrière, Georges Dufaux)

Lake Placid 1980Olympic Spirit (dirs. Drummond Challis, Tony Maylam)

Moscow 1980O Sport, You Are Peace! (dir. Yuri Ozerov)

Sarajevo 1984A Turning Point (dir. Kim Takal)

Los Angeles 198416 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Calgary 1988Calgary ’88: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Seoul 1988Seoul 1988 (dir. Lee Kwang-soo)Hand in Hand (dir. Im Kwon-taek)Beyond All Barriers (dir. Lee Ji-won)

Albertville 1992One Light, One World (dirs. Joe Jay Jalbert, R. Douglas Copsey)

Barcelona 1992Marathon (dir. Carlos Saura)

Lillehammer 1994Lillehammer ’94: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Atlanta 1996Atlanta’s Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Nagano 1998Nagano ’98 Olympics: Stories of Honor and Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)Olympic Glory (dir. Kieth Merrill)

Sydney 2000Sydney 2000: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Salt Lake City 2002Salt Lake City 2002: Bud Greenspan’s Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Athens 2004Bud Greenspan’s Athens 2004: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Turin 2006Bud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan)

Beijing 2008The Everlasting Flame (dir. Gu Jun)

Vancouver 2010Bud Greenspan Presents Vancouver 2010: Stories of Olympic Glory (prods. Bud Greenspan, Nancy Beffa) 

London 2012First (dir. Caroline Rowland)

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Having never heard of "First", and only owning the BBC's rather great three-disc set of the 2012 Olympics, I thought I'd look it up. Amazon want £1.99 for the DVD, or £16.34 for the Blu. Blimey. Still, reviews are good.

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Happy to see some parity for November between the UK and US Criterion releases as UK will also be getting Philadelphia Story, Jabberwocky and Desert Hearts. First time we've had three Criterions for a single month in the UK too (we usually just get two), so hopefully that trend continues. 


It's a lot of fun reading the thread over on the Criterion forum about "phantom" webpages discovered on the Criterion servers, which usually name a director or actor prompting some detective and guessing games over forthcoming titles. There appear to be some clear indicators of West Side Story, Usual Suspects, a John Hughes set coming at some point. They seem to have a really good thing going with MGM and Universal these days. I still really hope MGM give Silence of the Lambs to Criterion again. MGM did a 4k scan of that recently and the MGM Blu I believe is out of print now.

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It makes me wonder if Citerion are keen to cover as much of Gilliam's filmography as possible. Good terms with Universal could lead to a Criterion 12 Monkeys, although the benefit would surely only be a new scan and transfer since the laserdisc extras that made it to the DVD and Blu releases are still exceptional. They could get Munchausen back from Sony but there again, the benefit would surely only be a new transfer since the Sony disc already licensed Criterion's laserdisc commentary...etc. Tideland and Zero Effect would perhaps be worth chasing. 

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Kind of out of left field, but wasn't 12 Monkeys one of those films that for some reason had the commentary cut short?  Or am I mistaking it for another movie?

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On 23/08/2017 at 8:24 PM, Angry the Clown said:

I still really hope MGM give Silence of the Lambs to Criterion again. MGM did a 4k scan of that recently and the MGM Blu I believe is out of print now.


Criterion's president confirmed Silence of the Lambs will indeed be coming back to the collection!



Interview starts at around 27mins (Lambs confirmation is at the very end as well as "a number" of other since OOP Criterion titles). 

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Night of the Living Dead and Silence of the Lambs headline a strong February wave of releases:





Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • BRAND NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATION, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
  • NEW RESTORATION OF THE ORIGINAL MONAURAL SOUNDTRACK, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
  • Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
  • NEW program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
  • Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel
  • NEW piece featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key
  • Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
  • Two audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O'Dea, and more
  • Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
  • NEW programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls
  • NEW interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner
  • Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans






Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATION, approved by director of photography Tak Fujimoto, 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
  • Audio commentary from 1994 featuring director Jonathan Demme, actors Jodie Foster and 
  • Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas
  • NEW interview with critic Maitland McDonagh
  • Thirty-five minutes of deleted scenes
  • Interview from 2005 with Demme and Foster
  • Inside the Labyrinth, a 2001 documentary
  • Page to Screen, a 2002 program about the adaptation
  • Scoring "The Silence," a 2004 interview program featuring composer Howard Shore
  • Understanding the Madness, a 2008 program featuring interviews with retired FBI special agents
  • Original behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin along with, in the Blu-ray edition, a new introduction by Foster; an account of the origins of the character Hannibal Lecter by author Thomas Harris; and a 1991 interview with Demme





Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K DIGITAL RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2005 with actor Jeanne Moreau
  • Archival interviews with Moreau, director Louis Malle, actor Maurice Ronet, and original soundtrack session pianist René Urtreger
  • Footage of Miles Davis and Malle from the soundtrack recording session
  • Program from 2005 about the score featuring jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and critic Gary Giddins
  • Malle's student film Crazeologie, featuring Charlie Parker's song "Crazeology"
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Terrence Rafferty, an interview with Malle, and a tribute by film producer Vincent Malle






Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Rare 1999 Directors Guild of Japan interview with director Kon Ichikawa, conducted by critic and filmmaker Yuki Mori
  • NEW interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns
  • NEW English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow






Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW RESTORED 2K DIGITAL TRANSFER, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2008 with actor Sharmila Tagore
  • New program featuring film scholar Meheli Sen
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author Pico Iyer and a 1980 tribute to Kumar by Ray






Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATIONS of the original theatrical version of the film and the 1989 director's cut, both supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally, with uncompressed monaural and stereo soundtracks on the Blu-ray
  • NEW program on the film's cinematography featuring a conversation between Lassally and critic Peter Cowie
  • Excerpt from a 1982 episode of The Dick Cavett Show featuring actor Albert Finney
  • NEW interview with actor Vanessa Redgrave on director Tony Richardson, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1967
  • NEW interview with film scholar Duncan Petrie on the movie's impact on British cinema
  • Illustrated archival audio interview with composer John Addison on his Oscar-winning score for the film
  • NEW interview with the director's-cut editor, Robert Lambert
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Neil Sinyard


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I am very excited, and I'll more than likely get these, but I've sort of held off on some Blu-Ray purchases now that we're in 4K territory (not me though, it's gonna be 2019 before I even dare to look).

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Received part of my haul from the current Barnes and Noble sale which made it across the Atlantic safely. Been a few years since I last took advantage. Caught up on remaining Chaplin titles I still needed along with Shallow Grave, Being John Malkovich and Persona. I also grabbed Barry Lyndon. I've three more (Blow Up, Frances Ha and The Innocents) due to arrive which were all sent out individually for some reason. 


I MAY go back for a few more. I really wanted The Player but it's been out of stock since before the sale even began. 



Also got Arrow's Film Noir box yesterday along with Eureka's Buster Keaton box. 

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