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Criterion Press Release: June 2009 Titles


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 17 2009 - 04:59 AM

THE SEVENTH SEAL Few films have had as large a cultural impact as Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet). Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman’s stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America’s 1950s art house heyday, pushing cinema’s boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing. INFO - Directed by Ingmar Bergman (Wild Strawberries, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Fanny and Alexander) - Starring Max von Sydow (The Virgin Spring, The Emigrants, The Exorcist) - Starring Bibi Andersson (Wild Strawberries, Persona, The Passion of Anna) - Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer (Summer with Monika, Smiles of a Summer Night, Wild Strawberries) SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES - New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) - Introduction by Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003 - Audio commentary by Bergman expert Peter Cowie - A new afterword to the commentary by Cowie - Bergman Island (2006), an 83-minute documentary on Bergman by Marie Nyreröd, featuring in-depth and revealing interviews with the director - Archival audio interview with Max von Sydow - A 1998 tribute to Bergman by filmmaker Woody Allen - Theatrical trailer - Bergman 101, a selected filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie - Optional English-dubbed soundtrack - New and improved English subtitle translation - PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins Title: The Seventh Seal Title: The Seventh Seal (Blu-ray) CAT: CC1802D CAT: CC1804BD UPC: 7-15515-04451-6 UPC: 7-15515-04461-5 ISBN: 978-1-60465-141-6 ISBN: 978-1-60465-142-3 SRP: $29.95 SRP: $39.95 Prebook: 5/19/09 Prebook: 5/19/09 Street date: 6/16/09 Street date: 6/16/09 ALSO AVAILABLE SEPARATELY AS A STAND-ALONE RELEASE: BERGMAN ISLAND Just four years before his death, legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman sat down with Swedish documentarian Marie Nyreröd in his home on Fårö Island to discuss his films, his fears, his regrets, and his ongoing artistic passion. This resulted in the most breathtakingly candid series of interviews that the famously reclusive director ever took part in, later edited into the feature-length film Bergman Island. In-depth, revealing, and packed with choice anecdotes about Bergman’s films, as well as his personal life, Nyreröd’s film is an unforgettable final glimpse of a man who transformed cinema. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES - New, restored digital transfer - Bergman 101, a selected filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie - New and improved English subtitle translation - PLUS: A written remembrance by filmmaker Marie Nyreröd Title: Bergman Island CAT: CC1817D UPC: 7-15515-04751-7 ISBN: 978-1-60465-104-1 SRP: $19.95 Prebook: 5/19/09 Street date: 6/16/09 LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal visual poem has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. A surreal fever dream, or perhaps a nightmare, Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad), written by the radical master of the New Novel, Alain Robbe-Grillet, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-bedecked château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story. INFO - Directed by Alain Resnais (Night and Fog, Hiroshima mon amour, Muriel) - Cinematography by Sacha Vierny (Hiroshima mon amour, Belle de jour, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) - Starring Delphine Seyrig (Mr. Freedom, The Milky Way, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Jeanne Dielman) DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: - New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Alain Resnais (with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) - New audio interview with Resnais - New documentary on the making of Last Year at Marienbad, featuring interviews with many of Resnais’ collaborators - New video interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau on the history of the film and its many mysteries - Two short documentaries by Resnais: Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) and Le chant du styrène (1958) - Theatrical trailer - Optional original, unrestored French soundtrack - New and improved subtitle translation - PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Mark Polizzotti and film scholar François Thomas, and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s introduction to the published screenplay and comments on the film Title: Last Year at Marienbad Title: Last Year at Marienbad (Blu-ray) CAT: CC1815D CAT: CC1816BD UPC: 7-15515-04621-3 UPC: 7-15515-04631-2 ISBN: 978-1-60465-157-7 ISBN: 978-1-60465-158-4 SRP: $39.95 SRP: $39.95 Prebook: 5/26/09 Prebook: 5/26/09 Street date: 6/23/09 Street date: 6/23/09 MY DINNER WITH ANDRE In Louis Malle’s captivating and philosophical My Dinner with André, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at a Manhattan restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between. Playing variations on their own New York–honed personas, Shawn and Gregory, who also wrote the screenplay, dive in with introspective, intellectual gusto, and Malle captures it all with a delicate, artful detachment. A fascinating freeze-frame of cosmopolitan culture, My Dinner with André remains a unique work in cinema history. INFO - Directed by Louis Malle (Elevator to the Gallows, The Lovers, The Fire Within, Phantom India, Atlantic City, Au revoir les enfants) - Starring Wallace Shawn (Manhattan, The Bostonians, The Princess Bride) - Starring Andre Gregory (The Mosquito Coast, The Last Temptation of Christ, Celebrity) SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES - New, restored high-definition digital transfer - New video interviews with actors André Gregory and Wallace Shawn by filmmaker and friend Noah Baumbach - “My Dinner with Louis,” an episode from the BBC program Arena, in which Shawn interviews director Louis Malle - PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Amy Taubin and the prefaces written for the printed screenplay by Gregory and Shawn Title: My Dinner with Andre CAT: CC1814D UPC: 7-15515-04611-4 ISBN: 978-1-60465-156-0 SRP: $39.95 Prebook: 5/26/09 Street date: 6/23/09 ATTN CANADA: LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD AND ESSENTIAL ART HOUSE: VOLUME THREE ARE AVAILABLE IN THE US ONLY. ALL OTHER JUNE TITLES ARE AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH SPEAKING CANADA ONLY.

 

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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Craig Beam

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Posted March 17 2009 - 03:52 PM

While I already own the Tartan edition of THE SEVENTH SEAL (and cherish it), the Criterion edition is a no-brainer. I certainly don't mind having two Blu-rays of one of my top ten favorite films of all time. Thanks, Criterion! :-D

#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Andre Wallace

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Posted March 31 2009 - 10:13 AM

At long last--a Criterion edition of "My Dinner With Andre," my favorite movie of all time. Thanks, Criterion!




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