The Criterion Collection has set its September DVD and Blu-ray release calendar, which kicks off on Sept. 5 with a new 4K digital restoration of auteur filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Best Picture-winner, Rebecca.
The film was nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Director for Hitchcock, Best Actress for Joan Fontaine’s performance as the tormented second “Mrs. de Winter,” Laurence Olivier for Best Actor as her husband, Maxim, and Judith Anderson in the Best Supporting Actress category as the deranged Mrs. Danvers.
Bonus features include a vintage commentary track from film scholar Leonard J. Leff (author of “Hitchcock and Selznick: The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Hollywood”), newly-prepared video sessions with film critic and author Molly Haskell, film scholar Patricia White and f/x historian Craig Barron, screen tests, vintage television interviews with Hitchcock and more.
Next up is the Sept. 12 DVD and Blu-ray presentations of documentary filmmaker Murray The film was simply titled Festival (a new 2K restoration) and featured performances from the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Donovan, Judy Collins and the late Ronnie Gilbert.Lerner’s 1967 Oscar-nominated “time capsule” of the Newport Folk Festival.
Bonus features include a new “reconstruction and remastering” of the soundtrack (approved by Lerner), the featurette titled “When We Played Newport” (a series of archived interviews), outtakes and the featurette titled “Editing Festival.”
Elsewhere on the September release calendar from The Criterion Collection are Blu-ray and DVD selections of director Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women (Sept. 16), David Lynch: The Art Life (Sept. 26) and a new 2K restoration of writer/director Michael Haneke 2001 film adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek 1983 novel, The Piano Teacher (also on Sept. 26).