Criterion Documentaries

Criterion will be releasing two classic American documentaries from the Maysles brothers who made the superb Gimme Shelter.

Grey Gardens is a bizarre study of the lives of two sisters of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis who lived a reclusive life in Long Island. Some people regard this a revealing piece of Americana, others as voyeuristic exploitation. Anyway, to help you make up your own mind, Criterion are producing a special edition of the film. We get a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a mono soundtrack, an audio commentary with Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer and associate producer Susan Froemke and interviews with "Little Edie Beale" by Kathryn G. Graham for Interview Magazine, and fashion designers Todd Oldham and John Bartlett. There is also the trailer, a stills gallery and filmographies. This will set you back $39.95.

Salesman is a little more conventional, being the study of two bible salesmen being forced to sell to uninterested Catholics by their strange manager. The disc includes a full frame transfer and an English mono track. The special features are a commentary track featuring Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin and an interview with Jack Kroll and David and Albert Maysles. We also get NPR's "The Rabbit" on Weekend Edition, the trailer, a stills gallery and filmographies. This also retails at $39.95.

Both discs are set for release on the 24th July.

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