Monday, November 24, 2014

The Criterion Collection Announces Its February 2015 DVD And Blu-ray Line-Up

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
There will be something for everyone in February — all four street-date Tuesdays — from the Criterion Collection.   All selections released during the month will be available as either DVD or Blu-ray product offerings.

While filmgoers taste can vary, you’d be hard pressed not to single-out the newly-restored release on Feb. 24 of Federico Fellini’s 1969 cinematic masterpiece, Fellini Satyricon, as the crown jewel of the month.

This sumptuous visual feast arrives with an interesting commentary option — an adaption of Eileen Lanouette Hughes’s memoir “On the Set of Fellini Satyricon: A Behind-the-Scenes Diary.”   We are not quite sure how this is being done, but it certainly piques one’s interest.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyOther bonus goodies include the feature-length documentary, Ciao, Federico!, a newly-prepared interview with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno (Oscar-nominated for All That Jazz), vintage interviews with Federico Fellini and more.

Another jewel on the calendar is the Feb. 10 release of auteur filmmaker Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 thriller, Don’t Look Now, teaming Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie … and of course the canals and narrow streets of Venice, Italy.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyBonus features include two documentaries, Something Interesting and Nicolas Roeg: The Enigma of Film, the short film Don’t Look Now: Looking Back and a 2003 Q&A session with filmmaker Nicolas Roeg at the Ciné Lumière in London.

Elsewhere on the February release calendar are Jean-Luc Godard’s Every Man For Himself and Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel’s 2001 “dramedy,” La Ciénaga … both will be available on Feb. 3. 

A new transfer of Ozu’s Autumn Afternoon will be available on Feb. 17, Jean Renoir’s 1936 film release of A Day in the Country streets on Feb. 10 and director Martin Rosen’s 1978 film adapation of the Richard Adams novel, Watership Down, will have a new look on Feb. 24

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