Criterion bring you Naked Lunch and La Strada this November

Criterion have announced new Special Edition Region 1 DVD releases of Naked Lunch from director David Cronenberg, La Strada from Italian director Federico Fellini and Laurence Olivier's 1955 adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III. We are currently awaiting details for the latter so look for an update on that one in the near future, for now though here is what you can expect from the first two, both arriving on 11th November 2003 with a retail price of $39.95 each...

Naked Lunch (Special Edition) - "Exterminate all rational thought." Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs' hallucinatory, "unfilmable" novel is finally realized on-screen by director David Cronenberg. Part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict Bill Lee (Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish netherworld of the Interzone, pursuing a mysterious project that leads him to confront sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. The fruit of an unholy union between two masters of the hilarious and the macabre, Naked Lunch mingles aspects of Burroughs' novel with incidents from his own life, resulting in a compendium of paranoid fantasies and a searching investigation into the mysteries of the writing process.

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD2.0 Stereo
  • Audio commentary by Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller
  • Special effects stills gallery
  • Production stills gallery
  • Examples of the marketing campaign for Naked Lunch, including a featurette, B-roll montage, TV spots, and theatrical trailer
  • Excerpts from the novel Naked Lunch read by author William S. Burroughs
La Strada (Special Edition) - There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampan• (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman. When Zampan• encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. The Criterion Collection is proud to present La Strada, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956.
  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Full Frame
  • Italian DD1.0 Mono
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Video introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Audio commentary by Peter Bondanella, author of The Cinema of Federico Fellini
  • Federico Fellini's Autobiography, a 2000 documentary originally broadcast on Italian television
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack featuring the voices of Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by film scholar Peter Matthews

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