The Criterion Collection announced its October release slate this past week, and, as always, there is something to be found among the DVD and Blu-ray selections that will appeal to a broad array of film buffs and film fans.
In chronological order we kick off the proceedings with the 2006 Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s Pan's Labyrinth. Both DVD (a double-disc set) and Blu-ray product offerings will be available of this new 2K restoration (supervised by Guillermo del Toro).
Bonus features include a vintage commentary track from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (circa 2007), newly-prepared video sessions featuring Guillermo del Toro (interviewed by novelist Cornelia Funke) and actor Doug Jones (the Pale Man), four vintage featurettes, animated comics and audition footage of actor Ivana Baquero (Ofelia).
The following week, Oct. 18, director Richard Linklater’s 2014 Best Picture nominee, Boyhood, will be released as both Blu-ray and double-disc DVD product offerings — a new 2K supervised by Linklater.
Bonus features include a new commentary option from Linklater, who is joined by members of the cast and crew, a newly-minted video sessions featuring Linklater, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane (title character), with moderation by producer John Pierson, and Ellar Coltrane with Ethan Hawke.
Also streeting on Oct. 18 is a new 4K restoration of auteur filmmaker Robert Altman’s 1993 release of Short Cuts — Blu-ray and a double-disc DVD SKUs will be available.
Bonus features include a vintage video session (circa 2004) with filmmaker Robert Altman and actor Tim Robbins, the 1992 documentary titled “To Write and Keep Kind,” deleted scenes and more.
Rounding out the month on Oct. 25 are director Luis García Berlanga’s 1963 film release of The Executioner (Blu-ray and double-disc DVD editions) and filmmaker Ermanno Olmi’s 1978 film, The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Blu-ray and double-disc DVD editions will also be available).