The Criterion Collection has unveiled its March release slate and it, as is always the case, has something in the way of new Blu-ray and DVD product offerings that will please film affectionados far and wide.
If you are a fan of film noir, then the Mar. 17 Blu-ray and DVD release of actor/filmmaker Robert Montgomery’s 1947 film, Ride the Pink Horse, will be at the top of your list.
This moody thriller saw veteran character actor Thomas Gomez nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar … bonus features for this newly restored film adaptation of the Dorothy B. Hughes novel include commentary from film noir historians Alain Silver and James Ursini, the 1947 LUX Radio Theatre version, which featured the film’s stars, Gomez, Montgomery and Wanda Hendrix, and a newly prepared interview with Imogen Sara Smith, author of “In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City.”
Elsewhere on the Criterion release calendar for the month of March are DVD and Blu-ray editions of French New Wave filmmaker François Truffaut’s 1964 film release of The Soft Skin (with the alluring Françoise Dorléac).
Bonus features include commentary from screenwriter Jean-Louis Richard, who is joined by Truffaut scholar Serge Toubiana, plus there is a vintage interview with Truffaut (circa 1965).
Also on the foreign beat is a newly restored edition of director Ingmar Bergman’s 1972 Best Picture and Best Director nominee, Cries and Whispers … both Blu-ray and double-disc DVD SKUs are in the works for delivery on Mar. 31.
Bonus features here include a newly-mined interview session with Harriet Andersson and a 52-minute presentation titled “Ingmar Bergman: Reflections on Life, Death, and Love with Erland Josephson.”
Rounding out the March release calendar are a pair of releases from filmmaker Errol Morris on Mar. 24 — his 1988 true-crime documentary, The Thin Blue Line (Blu-ray and DVD editions) and the double-feature presentation titled Two Films by Errol Morris: Gates of Heaven/ Vernon, Florida (Blu-ray and double-disc DVD presentations) are planned — and writer/director Steve James’ 1994 sports documentary, Hoop Dreams (also configured as separate Blu-ray and double-disc DVD SKUs).