Criterion announce three new titles

After the excitement of the news that Criterion would be handling a 2-disc release of Soderbergh's Traffic earlier in the week, we have just recieved word of three new announcements from Criterion for 16th April.

Jean-Pierre Melville's ultra-sharp crime caper Bob le Flambeur is being released with a new digital 1.33:1 transfer and subtitle translation, a video interview with Daniel Cauchy (“Paulo”), an archive radio interview with Jean-Pierre Melville and the film's theatrical trailer. Retail for the disc is $29.95

Grigory Chukhrai's Ballad of a Soldier looks to have a new digital 1.33:1 transfer and subtitle translation and an interview with director Grigori Chukhrai and stars Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko, conducted after a preview screening in New York. The Ruscico disc has plenty more extras, which Michael Brooke has reviewed here. Retail for the Criterion is $29.95.

Finally, Mikhael Kalatozov's The Cranes are Flying comes with a new digital 1.33:1 transfer and subtitle translation, and that's it. Again, falling dramatically short of the extras found on the Ruscico disc, which Michael Brooke assessed here. The disc comes at $29.95.

Although some Jean-Pierre Melville is highly exciting news, the lack of supplements on the two Russian titles is disappointing, especially since the home-grown Ruscico have a fair share to offer. Perhaps because Criterion would not be willing to simply duplicate the Ruscico discs (like Artificial Eye in the UK), they have been refused any of the discs' supplemental material.

See here for full details on each of these releases.

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