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Criterion: Coming Soon
Topic by: underdog
Posted: October 21, 2009 - 11:50 AM PDT
Last Reply: January 21, 2010 - 5:33 PM PST

author topic: Criterion: Coming Soon
post #1  on October 21, 2009 - 11:50 AM PDT  
Just announced by Criterion, coming in January 2010:
(and I'll try to update this thread as more titles are announced and as more details come; feel free to discuss any of their films here) -- we'll add links to these on the site soon.

Steven Soderbergh‚¨"s film about Che Guevara is a fascinating exploration of the revolutionary as icon. Daring in its refusal to make the socialist leader into an easy martyr or hero, Che paints a vivid, naturalistic portrait of the man himself (with a stunning, Cannes-award-winning performance by Benicio
del Toro), from his overthrow of the Batista dictatorship to his 1964 United Nations trip to the end of his short life. Originally released in two parts, the first a kaleido-scopic view of the Cuban revolution and the second an all-action dramatization of Che‚¨"s failed campaign in Bolivia, Che is presented here in its complete form.

2008 ‚¨Ę 261 minutes ‚¨Ę Black & White/Color ‚¨Ę Surround ‚¨Ę Spanish ‚¨Ę 2.35:1/1.78:1 aspect ratio

‚¨Ę Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Schizopolis, Traffic, Ocean‚¨"s Eleven)
‚¨Ę Starring Benicio del Toro (The Usual Suspects, Traffic, Fear and Loathing in
Las Vegas)

‚¨Ę High-definition digital transfers of Che: Part One and Che: Part Two, supervised and approved by director Steven Soderbergh, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
‚¨Ę Audio commentaries on both films, featuring Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
‚¨Ę Making ‚¨SChe,‚¨ a new documentary about the film‚¨"s production, featuring interviews with Soderbergh, producer Laura Bickford, actor-producer Benicio del Toro, and writers Peter Buchman and Ben van der Veen
‚¨Ę New interviews with Cuban historians as well as participants in the 1958 Cuban Revolution and Che‚¨"s 1967 Bolivian campaign
‚¨Ę Deleted scenes
‚¨Ę Theatrical trailers
‚¨Ę PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Amy Taubin
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German New Wave pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving
character study written by Pulitzer Prize‚¨winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the efforts of the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape of its own) to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing
wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family,
as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons
and neon.

1984 ‚¨Ę 145 minutes ‚¨Ę Color ‚¨Ę Surround ‚¨Ę English ‚¨Ę 1.78:1 aspect ratio

‚¨Ę Directed by Wim Wenders (The American Friend, Wings of Desire, Buena Vista Social Club)
‚¨Ę Starring Harry Dean Stanton (Alien, Repo Man, Big Love)
‚¨Ę Starring Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Cat People, Your Friends and Neighbors)
‚¨Ę Starring Dean Stockwell (Long Day‚¨"s Journey into Night, Blue Velvet, Married to the Mob)
‚¨Ę Cinematography by Robby M√ľller (Down by Law, Breaking the Waves, Dead Man)

‚¨Ę New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wim Wenders, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
‚¨Ę Audio commentary featuring Wenders
‚¨Ę Interview with Wenders by German journalist Roger Willemsen
‚¨Ę Excerpts from the 1990 film Motion and Emotion, featuring interviews with Wenders, actor Harry Dean Stanton, composer Ry Cooder, cinematographer Robby M√ľller, Samuel Fuller, Dennis Hopper, and Peter Falk
‚¨Ę New interviews with filmmakers Allison Anders and Claire Denis
‚¨Ę Cin√©ma cin√©mas: ‚¨SWim Wenders Hollywood April ‚¨"84,‚¨ with Wenders and Cooder working on the score
‚¨Ę Deleted scenes and Super 8 home movies
‚¨Ę Gallery of Wenders‚¨"s location-scouting photos, from his book Written in the West
‚¨Ę Behind-the-scenes photos by Robin Holland
‚¨Ę Theatrical trailer
‚¨Ę PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Nick Roddick and interviews with Stanton, writer Sam Shepard, and actors Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell

Roberto‚¨"s Rossellini‚¨"s War Trilogy
Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. And it was with his trilogy of films made during and after World War II‚¨Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero‚¨that he left his first transformative mark on cinema. With their stripped-down aesthetic, largely nonprofessional casts, and unorthodox approaches to storytelling, these intensely emotional works were international sensations and effectively launched the neorealist movement. Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany, these three films are some of our most lasting, humane documents of devastated postwar Europe, containing universal images that encompass both tragedy and hope.

‚¨Ę New, restored high-definition digital transfers
‚¨Ę Video introductions by Roberto Rossellini to all three films, from 1963
‚¨Ę New video interviews with Rossellini scholar Adriano Apr√†, Rossellini‚¨"s friend and confessor Father Virgilio Fantuzzi, and filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
‚¨Ę Audio commentary on Rome Open City by film scholar Peter Bondanella
‚¨Ę Once Upon a Time . . . ‚¨SRome Open City,‚¨ a 2006 documentary on the making of this historic film, featuring rare archival material and footage of Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Ingrid Bergman, and many others
‚¨Ę Rossellini and the City, a new documentary on Rossellini‚¨"s use of the urban landscape in these films, by film scholar Mark Shiel
‚¨Ę Excerpts from rarely seen videotaped discussions Rossellini had with faculty and students at Rice University in 1970 about his craft
‚¨Ę Into the Future, a new visual essay about the War Trilogy by film scholar Tag Gallagher
‚¨Ę Roberto Rossellini, a 2001 documentary by Carlo Lizzani, assistant director on Germany Year Zero, tracing Rossellini‚¨"s career through archival footage and interviews with family members and collaborators, with tributes by filmmakers Fran√ßois Truffaut and Martin Scorsese
‚¨Ę Letters from the Front: Carlo Lizzani on ‚¨SGermany Year Zero,‚¨ a 1987 podium discussion with Lizzani
‚¨Ę Italian credits and prologue for Germany Year Zero
‚¨Ę New illustrated essay by film scholar Thomas Meder on Rossellini‚¨"s relationship with his mistress Roswitha Schmidt
‚¨Ę New and improved English subtitle translations
‚¨Ę PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by director Irene Bignardi and film scholars Colin McCabe, James Quandt, and Jonathan Rosenbaum ¬†

Rome Open City
This was Roberto Rossellini‚¨"s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with a bit more melodramatic flair than the other films that would form this trilogy and starring well-known actors‚¨Aldo Fabrizi as a priest helping the partisan cause and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fianc√©e of a resistance member‚¨Rome Open City (Roma citt√† aperta) is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame. Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work was an international sensation, garnering awards around the globe and leaving the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake.

1945 ‚¨Ę 103 minutes ‚¨Ę Black & White ‚¨Ę Monaural ‚¨ĘItalian and German ‚¨Ę 1.33:1 aspect ratio

Roberto Rossellini‚¨"s follow-up to his breakout Rome Open City was the ambitious, enormously moving Paisan (Pais√†), which consists of six episodes set during the liberation of Italy at the end of World War II, taking place across the country, from Sicily to the northern Po Valley. With its documentary-like visuals and its intermingled cast of actors and nonprofessionals, Italians and their American liberators, this look at the struggles of different cultures to communicate and of people to live their everyday lives in extreme circumstances is equal parts charming sentiment and vivid reality. A long-missing treasure of Italian cinema, Paisan is available here for the first time in its full original release version.

1946 ‚¨Ę 126 minutes ‚¨Ę Black & White ‚¨Ę Monaural ‚¨Ę Italian and English ‚¨Ę 1.33:1 aspect ratio

Germany Year Zero
The concluding chapter of Roberto Rossellini‚¨"s War Trilogy is the most devastating, a portrait of an obliterated Berlin shown through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. Living in a bombed-out apartment building with a sick father and two older siblings, young Edmund is mostly left to wander unsupervised, getting ensnared in the black-market schemes of a group of teenagers and coming under the nefarious influence of a Nazi-sympathizing ex-teacher. Germany Year Zero (Deutschland im Jahre Null) is a daring, gut-wrenching look at the consequences of fascism, for society and the individual.

1948 ‚¨Ę 74 minutes ‚¨Ę Black & White ‚¨Ę Monaural ‚¨Ę German ‚¨Ę 1.33:1 aspect ratio

Over the past four decades, Belgian director Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles) has created one of cinema‚¨"s most distinctive bodies of work‚¨formally daring, often autobiographical films about people and places, time and space. In this collection, we present the early films that put her on the map: intensely personal, modernist investigations of cities, history, family, and sexuality, made in the 1970s in the United States and Europe and strongly influenced by the New York experimental film scene. Bold and iconoclastic, these five films pushed boundaries in their day and continue to have a profound influence on filmmakers all over the world.

In this early short film, we see the furniture and clutter of one small room in an apartment become the subject of a moving still life‚¨with Akerman herself staring back at us. This breakthrough formal experiment is the first film the director made in New York.
1972 ‚¨Ę 11 minutes ‚¨Ę Color ‚¨Ę Silent ‚¨Ę 1.33:1 aspect ratio
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Hotel Monterey
Under Akerman‚¨"s watchful eye, a cheap New York hotel glows with mystery and unexpected beauty, its corridors, elevators, rooms, windows, and occasional tenants framed as though part of an Edward Hopper tableau.
1972 ‚¨Ę 62 minutes ‚¨Ę Color ‚¨Ę Silent ‚¨Ę 1.33:1 aspect ratio
Letters from Akerman‚¨"s mother are read over a series of elegantly composed shots of 1976 New York, where our (unseen) filmmaker and protagonist has relocated. Akerman‚¨"s unforgettable time capsule of the city is also a gorgeous meditation on urban alienation and personal and familial disconnection.
1976 ‚¨Ę 89 minutes ‚¨Ę Color ‚¨Ę Monaural ‚¨Ę French ‚¨Ę 1.33:1 aspect ratio
In her sexually provocative first feature, Akerman stars as a nameless, rootless young woman who leaves self-imposed isolation to embark on a road trip that leads to lonely love affairs with a male truck driver and a former girlfriend. With its famous real-time sexual encounter and its daring minimalist plot, Je tu il elle is Akerman‚¨"s most audaciously erotic film.
1974 ‚¨Ę 86 minutes ‚¨Ę Black & White ‚¨Ę Monaural ‚¨Ę French ‚¨Ę 1.33:1 aspect ratio
In one of Akerman‚¨"s most penetrating character studies, Anna, an accomplished filmmaker (played by Aurore Cl√©ment), makes her way through a series of anonymous European cities to promote her latest movie. Through a succession of eerie, exquisitely shot brief encounters‚¨with men and women, family and strangers‚¨we come to see her emotional and physical detachment from the world.
1978 ‚¨Ę 127 minutes ‚¨Ę Color ‚¨Ę Monaural ‚¨Ę French ‚¨Ę 1.66:1 aspect ratioCHANTEL
‚¨Ę Directed by Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles; A Couch in New York; La captive)

STREET: 1/19/10  

post #2  on October 21, 2009 - 11:51 AM PDT  
Sorry about the glitchy code in places, of course even after converting it to plain text and even after none of that appeared in that text, the code pops up here. Oh well!
post #3  on October 22, 2009 - 4:12 PM PDT  
Hooray -- Paris, Texas!

Huh, I wonder how that movie holds up these days?
post #4  on October 22, 2009 - 5:00 PM PDT  
> On October 22, 2009 - 4:12 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hooray -- Paris, Texas!
> Huh, I wonder how that movie holds up these days?
> ---------------------------------

I watched the previous DVD version for it a year or so ago and it was still pretty lovely if you ask me. Maybe seems a bit slow now but I think it's still terrific. A Criterion DVD will make it look even more so most likely.
post #5  on January 21, 2010 - 5:33 PM PST  
Interesting stuff announced by Criterion coming in March and beyond:

Dillinger Is Dead
Marco Ferreri

Bigger Than Life
Nicholas Ray

Vivre sa vie
Jean-Luc Godard

Summer Hours
Olivier Assayas

Ride with the Devil
Ang Lee

The Fugitive Kind
Sidney Lumet

We'll be adding these soon.

Notice how they're doing more newer releases among their DVD selections (like Summer Hours, Revanche, and so on).

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