From Dennis Lim in the LA Times: "The late Allan King, the leading Canadian counterpart to Wiseman, the Maysles brothers and D.A. Pennebaker, referred to his subjects as characters and called his films "actuality dramas," an admission that he was consciously testing and blurring the boundaries between narrative and documentary. The subject of The Actuality Dramas of Allan King, a new five DVD set from Criterion's Eclipse line, has long been cinema verite's forgotten man. This is partly because King's films, mostly made for Canadian television, received limited exposure abroad. But it could also be because he gravitated to harsher subjects than his American colleagues."