Two from Criterion in March

The Criterion Collection have announced two releases for this coming March. Exact dates are yet to be specified though as with our recently updated Criterion in February article, we shall bring you the official release dates just as soon as they are available.

Onibaba - Directed by Kaneto Shindo - $29.95

Deep within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark hole and live off of their meagre spoils. When a bedraggled neighbour returns from the skirmishes, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio’s tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals the trio’s horrifying fate. Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo’s chilling folktale Onibaba is a singular cinematic experience.

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
    • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
    • Japanese DD1.0 Mono
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • New video interview with writer/director Kaneto Shindo
  • Rare super-8 black & white and color footage provided by actor Kei Sato, shot on location during the filming of Onibaba
  • Original trailer
  • Stills gallery featuring production sketches and promotional art
  • Rare English translation of the original short Buddhist fable that inspired the film
  • Filmmaker’s statement from writer/director Kaneto Shindo

Scenes from a Marriage - Directed by Ingmar Bergman - $49.95

Marianne (Liv Ullman) and Johan (Erland Josephson) always seemed like the perfect couple. But when Johan suddenly leaves Marianne for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage. Shot in intense, intimate close-ups by master cinematographer Sven Nykvist, the film chronicles ten years of turmoil and love that bind the couple despite their divorce and subsequent marriages. Flawless acting and dialogue portray the brutal pain and uplifting peace that accompany a lifetime of loving. Originally conceived as a six-part miniseries for Swedish television, The Criterion Collection is proud to present not only the U.S. theatrical version, but also, for the first time on video in the U.S., Ingmar Bergman’s original 5-hour television version of Scenes From a Marriage.
  • 3 Disc Set
  • New high-definition digital transfers of both the television and theatrical versions, with restored image and sound
    • 1.33:1 Full Frame
    • Swedish DD1.0 Mono
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Comparison between the television and theatrical versions by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Exclusive new video interview with stars Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson
  • Video interview with Ingmar Bergman
  • New essay by author Phillip Lopate

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