Night of the Living Dead (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, Night of the Living Dead, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, Night of the Living Dead is back, in a new 4K restoration.

TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– 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 monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed
– 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 program 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

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Jabberwocky (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town’s only possible savior but Dennis Cooper (Michael Palin), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight? Terry Gilliam’s first outing as a solo director inspired by Lewis Carroll s poem ‘Jabberwocky’ and made on the heels of Gilliam s success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, this fantasy remains one of the filmmaker’s most uproarious visions of society run amok.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– New 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam
– 5.1 surround mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
– Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin
– New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin, and actor Annette Badland
– New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs
– Selection of Gilliam s storyboards and sketches
– Trailer
– PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias

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The Breakfast Club (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

What happens when you put five strangers in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant film, writer-director John Hughes established himself as the bard of American youth, vividly and empathetically capturing how teenagers hang out, act up, and goof off. The Breakfast Club brings together an assortment of adolescent archetypes the uptight prom queen (Molly Ringwald), the stoic jock (Emilio Estevez), the foul-mouthed rebel (Judd Nelson), the virginal bookworm (Anthony Michael Hall), and the kooky recluse (Ally Sheedy) and watches them shed their personae and emerge into unlikely friendships. With its highly quotable dialogue and star-making performances, this film is an era-defining pop-culture phenomenon, a disarmingly candid exploration of the trials of adolescence whose influence now spans generations.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
– Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS HD Master Audio
– Audio commentary from 2015 featuring actors Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson
– New interviews with actors Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy
– New video essay featuring director John Hughes s production notes, read by Nelson
– Documentary from 2015 featuring interviews with cast and crew
– 50 minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes
– Rare promotional and archival interviews and footage
– Excerpts from a 1985 American Film Institute seminar with Hughes
– 1999 radio interview with Hughes
– Segment from a 1995 episode of NBC’s Today show featuring the film’s cast
– Audio interview with Molly Ringwald from a 2014 episode of This American Life
– PLUS: An essay by critic David Kamp

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Election (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Perky, overachieving Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of history teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for high-school president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control. In Alexander Payne’s satire Election, the teacher becomes unhealthily obsessed with cutting his student down to size, covertly backing a spoiler candidate to stop her from steamrolling to victory, and putting in motion a series of dirty tricks and reckless promises with uncanny real-world political parallels. Adapting a then-unpublished novel by Tom Perrotta, Payne grounds the absurdity of his central dynamic in the recognizable the setting is his hometown of Omaha, and the accomplished cast is rounded out with nonprofessionals and distills his closely observed take on deeply flawed humanity to its bitter but stealthily sympathetic essence.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by cowriter-director Alexander Payne, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
– Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Payne
– New interview with Payne
– New interview with actor Reese Witherspoon
– The Passion of Martin, Payne’s 1991 UCLA senior thesis film
– TruInside: ‘Election,’ a 2016 documentary featuring on-set footage and interviews with cast and crew
– Omaha local-news reports on the film’s production
– Trailer
– PLUS: An essay by critic Dana Stevens
– More!

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The Philadelphia Story (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play ‘The Philadelphia Story’, Hepburn snapped up the screen rights, handpicking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award winning performance). A fast-talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regrets and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
– Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger
– New introduction to actor Katharine Hepburn s role in the development of the film by documentarians David Heeley and Joan Kramer
– In Search of Tracy Lord, a new documentary about the origin of the character and her social milieu
– Two full episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1973, featuring rare interviews with Hepburn, plus an excerpt of a 1978 interview from that show with director George Cukor
– Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1943, featuring an introduction by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille
– Restoration demonstration
– Trailer
– PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

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Le samouraï (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer
with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville, Le samourai is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
– Interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of Melville on Melville, and Ginette Vincendeau, author of Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris
– Archival interviews with Melville and actors Alain Delon, François Perier, Nathalie Delon, and Cathy Rosier
– Melville-Delon: D’Honneur et de nuit (2011), a short documentary exploring the friendship between the director and the actor and their iconic collaboration on this film
– Trailer – PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Thomson, an appreciation by filmmaker John Woo, and excerpts from Melville on Melville

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David Lynch: The Art Life (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

A rare glimpse into the mind of one of cinema s most enigmatic visionaries, David Lynch: The Art Life offers an absorbing portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself. From the privacy of his home and painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, a candid Lynch conjures people and places from his past, from his boyhood in Idaho and Virginia to his experiences at art school in Boston and Philadelphia to the beginnings of his filmmaking career in Los Angeles in stories that unfold like scenes from his movies. This remarkable documentary by directors Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm reveals the story behind Lynch’s early years as a painter and director drawn to the phantasmagoric, while also illuminating his enduring commitment to what he calls the ‘the art life :’ You drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, and you paint, and that s it.’

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– High-definition digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
– New interview with codirector Jon Nguyen
– PLUS: A new essay by critic Dennis Lim

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Rebecca (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Romance becomes psychodrama in Alfred Hitchcock s elegantly crafted Rebecca, his first foray into Hollywood filmmaking. A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel, the film stars the enchanting Joan Fontaine as a young woman who believes she has found her heart’s desire when she marries the dashing aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (played with cunning vulnerability by Laurence Olivier). But upon moving to Manderley her groom s baroque ancestral mansion she soon learns that his deceased wife haunts not only the home but the temperamental, brooding Maxim as well. The start of Hitchcock’s legendary collaboration with producer David O. Selznick, this elegiac gothic vision, captured in stunning black and white by George Barnes, took home the Academy Awards for best picture and best cinematography.

TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
– Audio commentary from 1990 featuring film scholar Leonard J. Leff
– Isolated music and effects track
– New conversation between film critic and author Molly Haskell and scholar Patricia White
– New interview with special effects historian Craig Barron on the visual effects in Rebecca
– Documentary from 2007 on the making of Rebecca
– Screen, hair, makeup, and costume tests including actors Joan Fontaine, Anne Baxter,
Vivien Leigh, Margaret Sullavan, and Loretta Young
– Casting gallery annotated by director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick
– Television interviews with Hitchcock and Fontaine from 1973 and 1980
– Audio interviews from 1986 with actor Judith Anderson and Fontaine
– Three radio adaptations of Rebecca, from 1938, 1941, and 1950, including Orson Welles s version for the Mercury Theatre
– Theatrical rerelease trailer
– PLUS: An essay by critic and Selznick biographer David Thomson and selected production correspondence, including letters between Hitchcock and Selznick

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Stalker (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Andrei Tarkovsky s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide the Stalker leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
– New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
– Interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky
– Interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin
– Interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev
– New English subtitle translation
– More!
– PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu

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