Monday, March 21, 2016

The Criterion Collection Announces Its June Line Up Of Newly Restored Blu-ray And DVD Product Selections

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Doctor Strangelove, Ralph Tribbey
In its May release announcement, the Criterion Collection placed auteur filmmaker Robert Altman’s The Player on the calendar for delivery as a new 4K restoration on both DVD and Blu-ray on May 24.

That was exciting news indeed for film affectionados, so one can only imagine how much that excitement is amplified when the work of one iconic auteur is followed by news of yet another 4K restoration for an important piece of cinema from another one of the 20th Century’s great auteurs, Stanley Kubrick.

That’s precisely what the Criterion Collection has in store for their faithful followers on June 28 with the release on DVD and Blu-ray of Kubrick’s 1964 Best Picture nominee starring Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers and Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Bonus features include newly-prepared video sessions with, among others, author Michael Broderick (“Reconstructing Strangelove: Inside Stanley Kubrick's Nightmare Comedy”) and fellow scholar Rodney Hill (“The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick”), as well as David George, son of writer Peter George, whose novel, “Red Alert,” was the basis for the film.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Doctor Strangelove, Ralph Tribbey
There’s a vintage interview session between The New Yorker’s Jeremy Bernstein and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, video sessions from 1963 featuring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott and excerpts from the Today Show in 1980 featuring Peter Sellers.

Going to the film vaults on June 14, the Criterion Collection has a new 2K restoration of director Alexander Hall’s 1941 Best Picture nominee, Here Comes Mr. Jordan.

This film adaptation of Harry Segall’s 1938 stage play was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Robert Montgomery), Best Supporting Actor (James Gleason) and Best Screenplay (Segall shared the Oscar with Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller).
DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Ralph Tribbey

Bonus features include a newly prepared video session with film critic Michael Sragow and filmmaker Michael Schlesinger, a vintage interview session with Robert Montgomery’s daughter, Elizabeth Montgomery and a 1942 Lux Radio adaptation of Here Comes Mr. Jordan featuring Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, and James Gleason.

Other DVD and Blu-ray releases on the June release calendar from the Criterion Collection include director Michelangelo Antonioni’s Le Amiche (June 7), Jean Renoir’s early film sound film (1931), La Chienne (June 14) and director René Laloux’s surreal 1973 film release of Fantastic Planet (June 21).

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