Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Criterion Collection Announces Dec. 2013 Blu-ray Release Slate

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The Criterion Collection, with sales and distribution support provided by Image Entertainment, will be anchoring its four-strong December release schedule with a pair of Blu-ray releases from well known auteur filmmakers. 

Up first on Dec. 3 is a newly restored Blu-ray/Double-DVD Combo Pack of director Robert Altman’s 1975 Best Picture/Best Director nominee, Nashville.

Included as bonus goodies are a vintage commentary track from Altman, a newly prepared documentary on the film featuring insights from actors Keith Carradine (Oscar-winner for his song, “I’m Easy”), Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin and Allan Nicholls, plus scripter Joan Twekesbury and assistant director Alan Rudolph, behind the scenes footage, demos of Keith Carradine singing and a vintage interview with Altman.

The following week, Dec. 10, look for the nine-disc (three Blu-rays and six DVDs), six-film SKU titled Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project.   This intriguing collection showcases six international films that have been restored and brought to the collector’s market under Scorsese’s World Cinema Project (launched in 2007).  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Included in the mix are: Touki Bouki (Senegal, 1973, in Wolof … directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty), Redes (Mexico, 1936, in Spanish … co-directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann), A River Called Titas (Bangladesh, 1973, in Bengali … directed by Ritwik Ghatak), Dry Summer (Turkey, 1964, in Turkish … co-directed by Metin Erksan and David E. Durston), Trances (Morocco, 1981, in Arabic … written and directed by Ahmed El Maanouni) and The Housemaid (South Korea, 1960, in Korean … directed by Ki-young Kim).

Also heading home on Blu-ray in December from Criterion are Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s 1970 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize-winner, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (a Blu-ray/2 DVD Combo Pack release on Dec. 3), and the double-feature presentation of Grey's Gardens and The Beales of Grey Gardens (Blu-ray on Dec. 10).

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

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