The Criterion Collection announced its slate of new DVD and Blu-ray product offerings for the month of July this past week. As always, there is a little something for every taste.
Topping the list of selections is auteur filmmaker Terrence Malick’s 2005 film release of The New World, which arrives on Blu-ray as a new 4K restoration and in the form of a three-disc presentation that showcase three different cuts of the film on July 26.
There will be the original 135-minute theatrical cut, a “first cut” that clocked in at 150 minutes and a newly-prepared “extended cut” supervised by Malick and eight-time Oscar nominee, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (he was nominated for his work on The New World … he won for Best Achievement in Cinematography the past three years, Gravity in 2013, Birdman in 2014 and for The Revenant) that has a running time of 172 minutes.
The DVD SKU is a four-disc affair.
As to bonus goodies, there are newly-prepared video sessions with actors Colin Farrell and Q’orianka Kilcher, a new making-of featurette, a 2004 documentary directed by Austin Jack Lynch titled Making The New World and new featurette examining the process of “cutting” the various versions of the film featuring interviews with three of The New World editors Hank Corwin (Oscar-nominated for The Big Short), Saar Klein (Oscar-nominated for Almost Famous and The Thin Red Line) and Mark Yoshikawa.
Other July selections from Criterion include the new 2K restoration of director Arthur Hiller’s 1979 comedy, The In-Laws, teaming Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. The film is often remembered for its inspired “serpentine” sequence and the often chaotic adventures that “CIA” agent Vincent (Falk) ropes his would-be in-law Sheldon into … all involving stolen Treasury plates.
Blu-ray and DVD editions, which will be available on July 5, feature a vintage commentary track with director Arthur Hiller, writer Andrew Bergman and actors Arkin and Falk, a newly-prepared video session with Alan Arkin and a tag-team session titled “In Support of The In-Laws” featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong and David Paymer.
July 12 marks the arrival of a new 4K transfer of director Herk Harvey’s 1962 cult horror classic Carnival of Souls, which says quite a bit about its status when Criterion takes an interest in this micro-budget film.
Bonus features for the Blu-ray and double-disc DVD editions include the 1989 documentary, The Movie That Wouldn’t Die!, a 2000 featurette titled “The Carnival Tour” (updating the actual locations from the film), outtakes, deleted scenes, selected commentary featuring director Herk Harvey and screenwriter John Clifford and more.
Rounding out the July release schedule is the July 19 Blu-ray and double-disc DVD release of director King Hu’s 1971 film A Touch of Zen (a new 4K restoration) and new releases showcasing the talents of French filmmaker Alain Resnais — July 19 will see separate Blu-ray and DVD editions of Night and Fog (1955) and Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963).