Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Criterion Collection Announces Its October DVD and Blu-ray Release Package

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The Criterion Collection, with sales and distribution support provided by Image Entertainment, announced its October DVD and Blu-ray release package this past week.

The selections are an interesting mix of vintage film vault treasures, a Blu-ray collection of the works of actor and auteur filmmaker John Cassavetes and two classic arthouse imports making their way to the Blu-ray format.

On Oct. 8 we will see I Married a Witch on both DVD and Blu-ray.   This 1942 comedy has none other than the alluring Veronica Lake (Sullivan’s Travels) as a vengeful sorceress who has cursed the men of the Wooley clan to always marry the wrong woman.  Criterion gave this timeless comedy a new 2K digital restoration, and includes an audio interview with director René Clair, a trailer and a booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Guy Maddin.

Also from the vaults on Oct. 22  is director Lewis Allen’s 1944 ghost story, The Uninvited, on both DVD and Blu-ray.   This film follows a pair of siblings (Ministry of Fear’s Ray Milland and The Philadelphia Story’s Ruth Hussey) who buy a lonely cliff-top house in Cornwall, only to discover that it is haunted. The film has a new 2K digital film transfer, a visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme.

Previously released on DVD is the Blu-ray launch on Oct. 22 of John Cassavetes: Five Films.   This amazing collection includes Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night.

Rounding out the October product offerings are Blu-ray editions of two foreign language imports.  Director Georges Franju’s 1960 haunting “horror” tale Eyes Without a Face … in French, street is Oct. 15 and bonus features include Franju’s post-war documentary, Blood of the Beasts (not for the easily upset).

Streeting on Oct. 29 is Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1961 film, La Notte.

To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report:  DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

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