The November release calendar for new DVD and Blu-ray product offerings from the Criterion Collection is out and, as usual, there are some real film jewels to be savored this fall.
These range from filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy to director Richard Brooks’ In Cold Blood and a newly restored presentation of D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back.
In chronological order we begin with the Nov. 3 DVD release of Julien Duvivier in the Thirties, a four-disc, four-film collection featuring the early works of the French filmmaker — noted for Pépé le Moko, Flesh and Fantasy, Anna Karenina and Deadlier Than the Male.
Included in the collection are: David Golder (1931, with Harry Baur in the title role — an adaptation of the Irène Némirovsky novel), Poil de Carotte (1932, with Robert Lynen and Harry Baur), La Tete d'un Homme (1933, Gaston Jacquet, Alexandre Rignault, Valéry Inkijinoff and Harry Baur) and Un Carnet de Bal (1937, Marie Bell teams with Harry Baur).
Nov. 10 brings us a newly 2K digital transfer of director Michael Haneke’s social commentary drama, Code Unknown. Bonus features for both the Blu-ray and DVD (2 disc set) include a newly minted video session with filmmaker Michael Haneke, a documentary on the making of the film and a vintage session with Haneke.
On Nov. 17, the Criterion Collection has newly restored DVD and Blu-ray collections of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s 1950s film trilogy masterpiece, The Apu Trilogy — Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959).
Bonus features include vintage audio-only comments from director Satyajit Ray (circa 1958), newly-prepared video sessions with actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Shampa Srivastava, and Sharmila Tagore and new featurette titled “The Apu Trilogy: A Closer Look.”
On the same date a new 4K digital restoration of director Richard Brooks’ 1967 film adaption of Truman Capote’s serialized novel, In Cold Blood. Nominated for four Oscars — Best Director and Best Writing for Brooks, Best Cinematography for Conrad L. Hall and Quincy Jones received an Oscar nomination for his score — the DVD and Blu-ray SKUs being released by Criterion include four newly-prepared video discussions that focus on the film’s cinematography, editing, musical score and direction.
Other bonus nuggets are vintage interview sessions with Brooks and Capote and a 1966 documentary shot titled “With Love from Truman.”
The month of November concludes on the 24th with documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 Bob Dylan “time capsule,” Don’t Look Back (technically “Dont” is spelled without the apostrophe in the film’s title) and iconic Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film release of Ikiru.
Bonus features for Don’t Look Back include vintage commentary featuring filmmaker Pennebaker and tour manager Bob Neuwirth, the 2006 documentary, 65 Revisited and more.
Iriru sports a new 4K restoration and is accompanied by the feature-length documentary, A Message from Akira Kurosawa, and a vintage commentary track featuring author Stephen Prince (“The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa”).