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Criterion in January

Criterion have announced the following titles for January 2005...

11th January 2005:

Youth of the Beast - $29.95 - When a mysterious stranger muscles into two rival yakuza gangs, Tokyo’s underworld explodes with violence. Youth of the Beast was a breakthrough for director Seijun Suzuki, introducing the flamboyant colors, hallucinatory images, and striking compositions that would become his trademark. The Criterion Collection proudly presents the film that revitalized the yakuza genre and helped define the inimitable style of a legendary cinematic renegade.

Features include:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by film critic Howard Hampton (Artforum)
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • More!

Fighting Elegy - $29.95 - High schooler Nanbu Kiroku yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku’s sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence. Fighting Elegy is a unique masterpiece in the diverse career of Seijun Suzuki, combining the director’s signature bravura visual style with a brilliantly focused satire of machismo and fascism.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A new essay by renowned film critic Tony Rayns (Sight and Sound, Branded to Thrill: The Delirious Cinema of Suzuki Seijun)
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • More!


18th January 2005:

Touchez pas au grisbi - $29.95 - Jean Gabin is at his most wearily romantic as aging gangster Max le Menteur in the Jacques Becker gem Touchez pas au grisbi (Hands Off the Loot!). Having pulled off the heist of a lifetime, Max looks forward to spending his remaining days relaxing with his beautiful young girlfriend. But when Riton (René Dary), Max’s hapless partner and best friend, lets word of the loot slip to loose-lipped, two-timing Josy (Jeanne Moreau), Max is reluctantly drawn back into the underworld. A touchstone of the gangster-film genre, Touchez pas au grisbi is also pure Becker—understated, elegant, evocative.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Video interviews with actors Lino Ventura and Daniel Cauchy and composer Jean Wiener
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essays by critics Geoffrey O’Brien and Philip Kemp
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Casque D'or - $39.95 - Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the Belle Époque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster’s moll Marie (Simone Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani), their passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy. With poignant, nuanced performances and sensuous black-and-white photography, Casque d’or is Becker at the height of his cinematic powers—an achingly romantic masterpiece.

Features include:
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • 1995 video interview with actor Serge Reggiani1963 interview with actress Simone Signoret from the French television program Cinépanorama
  • Excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps, dedicated to Jacques Becker
  • Rare, silent behind-the-scenes footage of Becker on the set, with commentary by film scholar Philip Kemp
  • New essay by Kemp
  • New and improved English subtitle translation




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