The Criterion Collection announced a new 4K restoration of director Michael Curtiz’s 1945 film noir masterpiece, Mildred Pierce, this past week the lead entry of its February release slate. Both DVD (a double-disc set) and Blu-ray editions will be available for film buffs to update their collections on Feb. 21.
Released theatrically just after the end of World War II in October of 1945, Mildred Pierce was a bold reshaping of James M. Cain’s 1941 novel of the same name that earned the film a Best Picture nomination and its star, Joan Crawford, an Oscar for Best Actress. Others in the cast receiving Oscar nods were both Eve Arden and Ann Blyth in the Best Supporting Actress category, which likely paved the way for Anne Revere to win for her performance in National Velvet.
As to bonus goodies, there’s a vintage 2002 video session featuring Ann Blyth and film historian Eddie Muller, excepts from a vintage David Frost Show broadcast (circa 1970) featuring Joan Crawford, a clip from a 1969 Today broadcast featuring writer James M. Cain and documentary filmmaker Peter Fitzgerald’s 2002 feature-length documentary, Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star.
Also to be found on the February 2017 release calendar from The Criterion Collection are Cameraperson (the ARR is 151 days and film’s arthouse run generated ticket sales of $94,910); a new restoration of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 Best Foreign Language nominee, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (both Blu-ray and DVD SKUs will be available on Feb. 21) and director Richard Linklater’s entire Before Trilogy — Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight — will presented as three-disc Blu-ray and DVD collections on Feb. 28.documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson’s 2016 film release on Feb. 7 of DVD and Blu-ray editions of