New Powell & Pressburger discs from Criterion

Those who rate Criterion's The Red Shoes as one of the finest DVD packages to date will be ecstatic about the news of the company's latest releases.

Black Narcissus may well be the most visually stunning film ever made in Britain, and the transfer looks set to rank alongside Criterion's best - not least because it's been personally supervised by Jack Cardiff, whose cinematography won an Oscar back in 1947. Other extras include a commentary by Michael Powell and Martin Scorsese, a documentary on Cardiff's cinematography, and a stills gallery.

I Know Where I'm Going is more of a curiosity as a film, but it looks like being an even more impressive package. Extras here include a commentary by film historian and Powell & Pressburger expert Ian Christie, a documentary by Mark Cousins, excerpts from Powell's 1937 feature The Edge of the World and 1978 documentary Return to the Edge of the World, a photo essay exploring the film's Scottish locations, and rare Powell home movies, narrated by Thelma Schoonmaker, his widow and Martin Scorsese's regular editor, who also contributes a commentary to a behind-the-scenes stills gallery.

Release dates have yet to be confirmed, but if these DVDs are anything like as good as The Red Shoes and Peeping Tom, they look unmissable. For further details, including cover artwork, visit the Criterion website.

Michael Brooke

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