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Criterion July Releases Announced

Two notable releases were announced by Criterion a short while ago, bringing an updated 4k restoration of Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day, released on the 3rd July 2017 and a 2k version of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, which is available from the 24th July 2017.

Film4's Andrei Tarkovsky season still has a couple of films remaining before reaching completion in the middle of May, so if you only seen Stalker for the first time recently, or are a long-term fan, now is the time to start planning your purchase.

A Brighter Summer Day is a title long sought after in the UK, available up until now only via import. It is considered a masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, so at last, fans can get their hands on a new beautifully rendered version.



  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
  • Interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky
  • Interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin
  • Interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu


    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns
    • Our Time, Our Story, a 113-minute documentary from 2002 about the New Taiwan Cinema movement, featuring interviews with Yang and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien, Sylvia Chang, and Tsai Ming-liang, among others
    • New interview with actor Chen Chang
    • Videotaped performance of director Edward Yang's 1992 play Ukely Consequence
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire and a 1991 director's statement

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