Packed with a near nonstop stream of droll one liners and deadpan gags, corporate greed, arriving at a sly commentary on conservation, this enchanting cult hit finds Forsyth surveying the idiosyncrasies of small town life with the satirical verve of a latter day Preston Sturges, and the legacies we leave behind.
Local Hero The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - Director approved blu ray special edition features • new 2k digital restoration, a 1983 interview with forsyth on his early career in documentaries, his first narrative features, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • new conversation between forsyth and film critic David Cairns • Shooting from the Heart, a 1985 documentary about the work of cinematographer Chris Menges • Episode of The South Bank Show from 1983 about the production of the film • The Making of “Local Hero, ” a documentary made during the film’s production, featuring interviews with actors Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert • I Thought Maybe I’d Get to Meet Alan Whicker, and the success of Local Hero • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Jonny Murray .
But as business mixes with pleasure, Mac finds himself enchanted by both the picturesque community and its oddball denizens—and Texas starts to feel awfully far away.
Matewan The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Written and directed by john sayles lone star, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners’ struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all out war in 1920 S. With a crackerjack ensemble cast—including james earl jones, and will oldham—and Oscar nominated cinematography by Haskell Wexler In the Heat of the Night, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, Matewan taps into a rich vein of Americana with painstaking attention to local texture, issuing an impassioned cry for justice that still resounds today.
When the town of matewan’s miners go on strike, in his screen debut arrives to help them, uniting workers white and black, organizer Joe Kenehan Chris Cooper, Appalachia born and immigrant, while urging patience in the face of the coal company’s violent provocations. Hamrah. Director approved blu ray special edition features • new 4k digital restoration, james earl jones, producer maggie renzi, and actors chris cooper, supervised by director john sayles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Audio commentary featuring Sayles and cinematographer Haskell Wexler • New documentary on the making of the film featuring Sayles, Will Oldham, production designer Nora Chavooshian, Mary McDonnell, and David Strathairn • New interview with composer Mason Daring on the film’s soundtrack • New program on the film’s production design featuring Chavooshian • Trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic A.
Cluny Brown The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Jennifer jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sending up british class hierarchy with Lubitsch’s famously light touch, Cluny Brown is a topsy turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down—with plenty of help from Adam Belinski Charles Boyer, an eccentric continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from.
The final film completed by ernst lubitsch, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, this zany, is one of the worldly wise director’s most effervescent creations. Blu ray special edition features • new 4k digital restoration, an interview with film scholar bernard eisenschitz from 2004 • lux radio theatre adaptation of the film from 1947, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • New conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme on unconventional female characters in Ernst Lubitsch’s films • New video essay by film scholar Kristin Thompson • The Lubitsch Touch, featuring Olivia de Havilland and Charles Boyer • PLUS: An essay by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt.
The Circus The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Despite its famously troubled production, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director performer’s career, this gag packed comedy ranks among Chaplin’s finest, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. Blu ray special edition features • new 4k digital restoration of charlie chaplin’s 1969 rerelease version of the film, a new program on the film’s visual effects and production design by effects specialist craig barron • chaplin today: “the circus, “swing, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • new audio commentary featuring charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance • Interview with Chaplin from 1969 • New interview with Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin • In the Service of the Story, and related outtakes with audio commentary by Chaplin historian Dan Kamin • Newly discovered outtakes featuring the Tramp and the bareback rider • Original recording of the film’s opening song, Little Girl, ” a 2003 documentary on the film, featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica • Excerpted audio interview with Chaplin musical associate Eric James • Unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, featuring an original score by Chaplin, ” by Ken Barrie • Footage of the 1928 Hollywood premiere • Rerelease trailers • PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson .
In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. Rereleased in 1969 with a new score by chaplin, The Circus is an uproarious high wire act that showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.
The Circus The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - After being mistaken for a pickpocket, chaplin’s Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe’s bareback rider along the way.
My Favorite Year Blu-rayWarner Archives #ad - King kaiser s Comedy Cavalcade goes on in minutes. I m not an actor. But guest star Alan Swann is exiting the building. Don t touch that dial. And it falls to cavalcade s rookie writer Mark Linn-Baker to keep him on the sober and narrow. Once a swashbuckling movie idol whose face was plastered on fan magazines, Swann is now mostly plastered.
I m a movie star! he bellows in stark fear. Fast. Academy award® winner Peter O Toole plays Swann. He just found out the show is live! directed by richard benjamin and inspired by incidents from comedy legend Mel Brooks early career, My Favorite Year is a golden age revisited, a zany, misty-eyed tribute to TV s early days.
Betty Blue The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Director-approved blu-ray special edition features • high-definition digital restoration, cinematographer jean-françois robin, and composer gabriel yared • making of “betty blue, ” a short video featuring beineix and author philippe djian • le chien de Monsieur Michel, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Blue Notes and Bungalows, associate producer Claudie Ossard, actors Jean-Hugues Anglade and Béatrice Dalle, approved by director Jean-Jacques Beineix, a sixty-minute documentary from 2013 featuring Beineix, a short film by Beineix from 1977 • French television interview from 1986 with Beineix and Dalle • Dalle screen test • Trailers • New English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by critic Chelsea Phillips-Carr .
When the easygoing would-be novelist zorg jean-hugues anglade meets the tempestuous Betty Béatrice Dalle in a magnetic breakout performance in a sunbaked French beach town, it’s the beginning of a whirlwind love affair that sees the pair turn their backs on conventional society in favor of the hedonistic pursuit of freedom, adventure, and carnal pleasure.
Betty Blue The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - But as the increasingly erratic betty’s grip on reality begins to falter, Zorg finds himself willing to do things he never expected to protect both her fragile sanity and their tenuous existence. Adapted from the hit novel 37°2 le matin by philippe djian, jean-jacques Beineix’s art-house smash—presented here in its extended director’s cut—is a sexy, crazy, careening joyride of a romance that burns with the passion and beyond-all-reason fervor of all-consuming love.
When We Were Kings The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - When the main event was delayed, gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, extending Ali’s stay in Africa, capturing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career while basking in his role as black America’s proud ambassador to postcolonial Africa. In 1974, organized by blacks, a music festival planned to accompany an unprecedented sports spectacle: the Rumble in the Jungle, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title—“a fight between two blacks in a black nation, Leon Gast Our Latin Thing traveled to Africa to film Zaire 74, ” as a Kinshasa billboard put it.
Two decades in the making, when we were kings features interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton that illustrate the sensational impact of the fight, rounding out an Academy Award–winning portrait of Ali that captures his charm, grace, and defiance. Blu-ray special edition features • new, restored 4K digital transfer, with 5.
When We Were Kings The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - 1 surround dts-hd master audio soundtrack • soul power, a 2009 documentary about the zaire 74 music festival directed by Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte • New interviews with producers Taylor Hackford and David Sonenberg • Interview from 1997 with director Leon Gast • Trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic Kelefa Sanneh.
All About Eve The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - In joseph L. One night, margo channing bette davis entertains a surprise dressing room visitor: her most adoring fan, the shy, wide eyed Eve Harrington Anne Baxter. But as eve becomes a fixture in margo’s life, including George Sanders’s acid tongued critic, the Broadway legend soon realizes that her supposed admirer intends to use her and everyone in her circle, as stepping stones to stardom.
Geist; the other featuring author sam staggs • all about mankiewicz, a feature length documentary from 1983 about the director • episodes of the dick cavett show from 1969 and 1980 featuring actors bette davis and gary merrill • new interview with costume historian Larry McQueen • Hollywood Backstories: “All About Eve, the short story on which the film is based and its real world inspiration, ” a 2001 documentary featuring interviews with Davis and others about the making of the film • Documentaries from 2010 about Mankiewicz’s life and career, and a real life “Sarah Siddons Society” based on the film’s fictional society • Radio adaptation of the film from 1951 • Trailer • PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty and the 1946 short story on which the film is based .
All About Eve The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - Two blu ray special edition features • 4k digital restoration, one featuring actor Celeste Holm, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Two audio commentaries from 2010, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s son Christopher Mankiewicz, and author Kenneth L. Featuring stiletto sharp dialogue and direction by mankiewicz, and an unforgettable Davis in the role that revived her career and came to define it, the multiple Oscar winning All About Eve is the most deliciously entertaining film ever made about the ruthlessness of show business.
Mankiewicz’s devastatingly witty Hollywood classic, backstage is where the real drama plays out.
Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg Underworld / The Last Command / The Docks of New YorkThe Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - With its supple, endlessly expressive camera work and tightly wound screenplay based on a story by legendary scribe Ben Hecht who won an Oscar for it the first year the awards were given, Underworld solidified von Sternberg’s place as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents. The last command emil jannings the blue angel won the first best actor Academy Award for his performance as a sympathetic tyrant: an exiled Russian general turned Hollywood extra who lands a role playing a version of his former tsarist self, bringing about his emotional downfall.
. Though best known for his later star making collaborations with actor Marlene Dietrich, von Sternberg began his career during the final years of the silent era, dazzling audiences and critics with his films’ dark visions and innovative cinematography. Three blu ray special edition features • high definition digital restorations of all three films • six scores: by robert israel for all three films, alloy orchestra for underworld and the last command, one by ucla film professor janet bergstrom and the other by film scholar tag gallagher • Swedish television interview from 1968 with director Josef von Sternberg • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Geoffrey O’Brien, scholar Anton Kaes, and author and critic Luc Sante; notes on the scores by the composers; Ben Hecht’s original treatment for Underworld; and an excerpt from von Sternberg’s 1965 autobiography, and Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton for The Docks of New York • Two video essays from 2010, Fun in a Chinese Laundry, on actor Emil Jannings Underworld Josef von Sternberg’s riveting breakthrough is widely considered the film that launched the American gangster genre as we know it.
Three Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg Underworld / The Last Command / The Docks of New YorkThe Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - Towering above it all is the passionate, heartbreaking Jannings, whose portrayal of a man losing his grip on reality is one for the history books. Further complicating matters is the attraction that blossoms between Feathers and an alcoholic former lawyer Clive Brook. Fog enshrouded cinematography by harold rosson the wizard of oz, and sensual performances by Bancroft and Compson make this one of the legendary director’s finest works, expressionist set design by Hans Dreier Sunset Boulevard, and one of the most exquisitely crafted films of its era.
Apropos of NothingGrand Central Publishing #ad - Apropos of nothing is a comprehensive account of Woody Allen's life, both personal and professional, theater, television, nightclubs, and describes his work in films, and print. Allen also writes of his relationships with family, friends, and the loves of his life.
The Story of Temple Drake The Criterion Collection Blu-rayThe Criterion Collection #ad - Blu ray special edition features • high definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • new program featuring a conversation between cinematographer john bailey and Matt Severson, along with archival materials relating to its production • New program with critic Imogen Sara Smith about the complexity of the film and its central performance by Miriam Hopkins • New interview with critic Mick LaSalle about the film, about the film’s visual style, censorship, director of the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Production Code • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien .
Steeped in southern gothic shadows by influential cinematographer karl Struss and shot through with moral ambiguity, trauma, whose passage through the stations of terror, The Story of Temple Drake is a harrowing vision of sin and salvation that boasts an astonishing lead performance from the fiery Hopkins, and redemption is a true tour de force of screen acting.
The Story of Temple Drake The Criterion Collection Blu-ray #ad - When a boozehound date strands her at a bootleggers’ hideout, Temple is subjected to an act of nightmarish sexual violence and plunged into a criminal underworld that threatens to swallow her up completely. Loosely adapted from william faulkner’s controversial novel Sanctuary, this notorious pre Code melodrama stars Miriam Hopkins as Temple Drake, the coquettish granddaughter of a respected small town judge.