New DVDs from Criterion

Criterion have announced two new additions to their renowned line-up, though they couldn't be more different! The Blob One of the legendary 1950s sci-fi/horror/cult classics, this launched the career of Steve McQueen, and is presented here in a new anamorphic transfer. Extras include two audio commentaries, featuring producer Jack Harris, director Irvin S Yeaworth Jr, actor Robert Fields and film historian Bruce Eder (I'd guess Mr Eder has the second track to himself, but Criterion haven't revealed full details yet), plus the original theatrical trailer. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie The first DVD release of a film by Luis Buñuel, the father of movie surrealism, is one of his all-time greats. Winner of the 1972 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (much to Buñuel's horror!), Criterion are presenting this gloriously witty and subversive masterpiece in a two-disc special edition. Disc one features a brand new anamorphic high-definition transfer of the film (with retranslated and improved subtitles), plus a 25-minute 1970 documentary 'The Survivor on the Street of Providence' by Arturo Ripstein and Rafael Castandeo, Buñuel's recipe for the perfect martini, and the theatrical trailer. Disc two features a feature-length (105 minute) documentary 'A Proposito de Buñuel' based on Buñuel's immortal autobiography, plus a Buñuel filmography. No word on a release date yet, but for further details visit the Criterion website. And you can guarantee a full-length review when it's released, as it's one of my favourite films!

Michael Brooke

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