Criterion in July

Criterion have announced the following titles for release on 20th July 2004...

Port of Shadows - $29.95 - Down a foggy, desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean (Jean Gabin), an army deserter looking for another chance to make good on life. Fate, however, has a different plan for him, when acts of both revenge and kindness turn him into front-page news. Also starring the blue-eyed phenomenon Michèle Morgan in her first major role, and the menacing Michel Simon, Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes) starkly portrays an underworld of lonely souls wrestling with their own destinies. Based on the novel by Pierre Mac Orlan, the inimitable team of director Marcel Carné and writer Jacques Prévert deliver a quintessential example of poetic realism, one of the classics of the golden age of French cinema.

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Interviews with director Marcel Carné, writer Jacques Prévert, and stars Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan
  • New essay by acclaimed cultural historian Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Poster gallery
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • More!
Early Summer - $39.95 - A nuanced examination of a family falling apart, Early Summer tells the story of the Mamiya family and their efforts to marry off their headstrong daughter, Noriko, played by the extraordinary Setsuko Hara. A seemingly simple story, it is among the director’s most emotionally complex. The Criterion Collection is proud to present one of Ozu’s most enduring classics.
  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Audio commentary by Japanese-film expert Donald Richie, author of Ozu and A Hundred Years of Japanese Film
  • Ozu’s Films from Behind-the-Scenes, a conversation between Ozu producer Shizuo Yamanouchi, actor and technician Kojiro Suematsu, and assistant cameraman Takashi Kawamata
  • New essay by film scholar David Bordwell, author Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • More!
Stage and Spectacle: Three Films by Jean Renoir - $79.95 - Near the end of his long and celebrated career, master filmmaker Jean Renoir indulged his lifelong obsession with life-as-theater and directed The Golden Coach (1953), French Cancan (1955), and Elena and Her Men (1956), three delirious film, infatuated with the past, love, and artifice. Awash in jubilant Technicolor, each film interweaves public display and private feelings through the talents of three immortal film icons—Anna Magnani, Jean Gabin, and Ingrid Bergman. The Criterion Collection is proud to present these three majestic films by Jean Renoir for the first time on DVD.
  • New high definition digital transfers of all three features, with restored image and sound
  • Introductions to The Golden Coach and Elena and Her Men by Jean Renoir
  • Video introduction to The Golden Coach by director Martin Scorsese
  • Video introduction to French Cancan by director Peter Bogdanovich
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Part two of Jean Renoir: a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by David Thompson, featuring reflections on Renoir from his family, friends, collaborators, and admirers
  • Interview with French Cancan production designer Max Douy
  • Collections of behind-the-scenes and publicity stills
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • A new essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum discussing all three films
  • More!

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