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.

– 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.

– 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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