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    MYSTERY TRAIN – DVD & BD
    Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Night on Earth), is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, Mystery Train is a triptych of stories that pay playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King himself, who presides over the film like a spirit.Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch’s very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world.

    1989 • 110 minutes • Color • Monaural • in English and Japanese with English subtitles • 1.77:1 aspect ratio

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
    • Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
    • Original documentary on Mystery Train’s locations and Memphis’s rich social and musical history
    • On-set photos by Masayoshi Sukita, and behind-the-scenes photos
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by writers Peter Guralnick and Dennis Lim, as well as a collectible poster

    TITLE: Mystery Train (DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1900D
    UPC: 7-15515-05871-1
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-282-6
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 5/18/10
    STREET: 6/15/10

    TITLE: Mystery Train (BLU-RAY EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1901BD
    UPC: 7-15515-05881-0
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-283-3
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 5/18/10
    STREET: 6/15/10

    CLOSE-UP
    - DVD & BD
    Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, Ten) has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and Close-up is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up continues to resonate with viewers around the world.

    1990 • 98 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Farsi with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

    SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DVD SET FEATURES
    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
    • Audio commentary by Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa and Jonathan Rosenbaum, authors of Abbas Kiarostami
    The Traveler, a notable early feature by director Abbas Kiarostami
    “Close-up” Long Shot, a forty-five-minute documentary on Close-up’s central figure, Hossein Sabzian, five years after Kiarostami’s film
    A Walk with Kiarostami (2003), a thirty-two minute documentary portrait of the director by Iranian film professor Jamsheed Akram
    • New video interview with Kiarostami
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Godfrey Cheshire

    TITLE: Close-up (DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1899D
    UPC: 7-15515-05861-2
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-281-9
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 5/25/10
    STREET: 6/22/10

    TITLE: Close-up (BD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1914BD
    UPC: 715515060318
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-281-9
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 5/25/10
    STREET: 6/22/10

    RED DESERT – DVD & BD
    Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, his first color film, remains one of his greatest. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age—about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti (L’avventura), wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband’s coworker, played by Richard Harris (This Sporting Life)—continues to exert force over viewers. With one startling, painterly composition after another—of abandoned fishing cottages, electrical towers, overwhelming docked ships—Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema’s preeminent poet of the modern age.

    1964 • 117 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Italian with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
    • Audio commentary by Italian film scholar David Forgacs
    • Archival video interviews with director Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti
    • Outtakes from the film’s production
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Mark Le Fanu, an interview with Antonioni by Jean-Luc Godard, and a reprinted essay by Antonioni on his use of color

    TITLE: Red Desert (DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1894D
    UPC: 7-15515-05811-7
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-276-5
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 5/25/10
    STREET: 6/22/10

    TITLE: Red Desert (BLU-RAY EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1895BD
    UPC: 7-15515-05821-6
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-277-2
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 5/25/10
    STREET: 6/22/10

    NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH
    A twisting, turning, cloak-and-dagger delight, Night Train to Munich is a gripping, occasionally comic confection from writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat (Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes) and director Carol Reed (The Fallen Idol, The Third Man). Paced like an out-of-control locomotive, Night Train takes viewers on a World War II–era journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps, as Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter (Margaret Lockwood, of The Lady Vanishes), who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent, played by Rex Harrison (Major Barbara, My Fair Lady). This captivating, long-overlooked adventure—which also features Casablanca’s Paul
    Henreid—mixes comedy, romance, and thrills with enough skill and cleverness to give the master of suspense himself pause.

    1940 • 95 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

    DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
    • New video conversation between film scholars Peter Evans and Bruce Babington about director Carol Reed, screenwriters Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, and the social and political climate in which Night Train to Munich was made
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Philip Kemp

    TITLE: Night Train to Munich (DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1903D
    UPC: 7-15515-05901-5
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-285-7
    SRP: $29.95
    PREBOOK: 5/25/10
    STREET: 6/22/10

    EVERLASTING MOMENTS – DVD & BD
    Swedish master Jan Troell (The Emigrants, The New Land) returns triumphantly with Everlasting Moments, a vivid, heartrending story of a woman liberated through art at the beginning of the twentieth century. Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen, in a beautifully nuanced portrayal) finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. With a burnished bronze tint that evokes faded photographs, and a broad empathetic palette,Everlasting Moments—based on a true story—is a miraculous tribute to the power of image making.

    2008 • 131 minutes • Color • Stereo • In Swedish with English subtitles • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DVD SET FEATURES
    • New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Jan Troell
    Jan Troell’s Magic Mirror, an hour-long documentary about Troell’s life and career
    • Short documentary on the making of Everlasting Moments, featuring interviews with Troell, cast, and crew
    • Documentary featuring photographs by the real Maria Larsson, accompanied by narration telling her story
    • Theatrical trailer
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White

    TITLE: Everlasting Moments (DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1902D
    UPC: 7-15515-05891-9
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-284-0
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 6/1/10
    STREET: 6/29/10

    TITLE: Everlasting Moments (BD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1915BD
    UPC: 715515060417
    ISBN:
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 6/1/10
    STREET: 6/29/10

    THE LEOPARD – BD
    An epic on the grandest scale, Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Il gattopardo)
    re-creates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy’s Risorgimento, when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster (The Killers, Brute Force) stars as an aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by the gorgeous Alain Delon (Purple Noon, Le samouraï) and Claudia Cardinale (8 ½, Once Upon a Time in the West). The Criterion Collection is proud to presentThe Leopard in two distinct versions: Visconti’s original and the English-language one released in America.

    1963 • 185 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Italian with English subtitles • 2.21:1 aspect ratio

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES
    • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • The 161-minute American release, with English-language dialogue, including actor Burt Lancaster’s own voice
    • Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
    A Dying Breed: The Making of “The Leopard,” an hour-long documentary featuring interviews with actress Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceccho D’Amico, Rotunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others
    • Video interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo
    • Video interview with film scholar Millicent Marcus on the history behind The Leopard
    • Original theatrical trailers and newsreels
    • Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Michael Wood

    TITLE: The Leopard (BLU-RAY EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC1913BD
    UPC: 7-15515-06021-9
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-301-4
    SRP: $49.95
    PREBOOK: 6/1/10
    STREET: 6/29/10

    Attention Canada: CLOSE UP & EVERLASTING MOMENTS are US only. MYSTERY TRAIN, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH & THE LEOPARD are available in all CANADA. RED DESERT is available in English Speaking Canada only.
     

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