February titles from Criterion

Criterion have announced three titles due for release in February 2003. The following details are taken from the official website...

February 11th - Beauty and the Beast (1946) - $39.95 SRP.

Synopsis: Once upon a time, in a world of magic and wonder, the true love of a beautiful girl may finally dispel the torment of a feral but gentle-hearted beast. Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) is a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which master filmmaker Jean Cocteau conjures spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death that have never been equaled. The Criterion Collection proudly presents the original film version of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece in a newly restored spectacular new special edition.

  • Breathtaking new high-definition digital transfer made from restored film elements
  • Original opera written for the film by renowned composer Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi, Kundun), presented in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Original French DD1.0 Mono Audio
  • Interview with cinematographer Henri Alekan
  • Two commentary tracks: one featuring film historian Arthur Knight (The Liveliest Art), and the other featuring writer/cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling (The Royal College of Art: 150 Years of Art and Design)
  • Rare behind-the-scenes and publicity stills
  • Original 1945 trailer narrated by Cocteau
  • Film restoration demonstration
  • 1995 restoration trailer
  • A reprint of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s original fable translated from the French
  • Notes by Francis Steegmuller, from the definitive book Cocteau: A Biography
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • More!
February 25th - The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum - $29.95 SRP.

Synopsis: When Katharina Blum spends the night with an alleged terrorist, her quiet, ordered life falls into ruins. Suddenly a suspect, Katharina is subject to a vicious smear campaign by the police and a ruthless tabloid journalist, testing the limits of her dignity and her sanity. Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta’s powerful adaptation of Heinrich Böll’s novel is a stinging commentary on state power, individual freedom, and media manipulation––as relevant today as on the day of its release in 1975.

  • New digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Original German DD1.0 Mono Audio
  • New video interview with directors Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta
  • New video interview with director of photography Jost Vacano
  • Documentary on author Heinrich Boll
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
February 25th - I Am Curious... (1967) - $39.95 SRP.

Synopsis: Seized by customs upon entry to the United States, subject of a heated court battle, banned in cities across the United States, Vilgot Sjöman’s I Am Curious—Yellow is one of the most controversial films of all time. This landmark document of Swedish society during the sexual revolution has been declared both obscene and revolutionary. It tells the story of Lena (Lena Nyman), a searching and rebellious young woman, and her personal quest to understand the social and political conditions in 1960s Sweden, as well as her bold exploration of her own sexual identity. Shattering taboos as it freely traverses the lines between fact and fiction, I Am Curious—Yellow is presented here for the first time with its companion piece I Am Curious—Blue, a parallel film featuring the same characters and in which the lines between documentary and fiction are even further blurred.

  • New high-definition digital transfers of both films
  • Original Swedish DD1.0 Mono Audio
  • Excerpts from director Vilgot Sjöman’s Self Portrait (1992), a documentary made for Swedish television
  • New video introduction by the director
  • Director’s diary: a selected scene audio commentary by Sjöman
  • Video interview with legendary publisher Barney Rosset and attorney Edward De Grazia about the controversy surrounding I Am Curious—Yellow
  • The battle for I Am Curious—Yellow: A video piece on the film’s censorship and trial
  • Excerpts from the transcripts of the trial for I Am Curious—Yellow
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Essay by critic Gary Giddins and a reprinted 1968 interview with the director
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • More!

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