I have just come upon a great piece of news, via the Image Entertainment website: Criterion’s DVD releases for May include Henri-Georges Clouzot’s QUAI DES ORFEVRES (1947) and Akira Kurosawa’s THRONE OF BLOOD (1957). The specs for the two discs are as follows: QUAI DES ORFEVRES ·New high-definition digital transfer ·Collection of intimate interview excerpts from French television with director Henri-Georges Clouzot and key actors from QUAI DES ORFEVRES ·Original theatrical trailer ·New and improved English subtitle translation THRONE OF BLOOD ·New high-definition digital transfer ·Audio commentary by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck ·Original theatrical trailer ·New essay by Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa) ·Two alternative subtitle translations: a new version from renowned Japanese-film translator Linda Hoagland, and Kurosawa expert Donald Richie's subtitles utilizing Jacobean diction ·Notes on subtitling by Linda Hoagland and Donald Richie · Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition I have never watched the Clouzot film but it is considered to be one of his best, so I will certainly be purchasing it. I already own the Criterion editions of Clouzot’s two best-known films, WAGES OF FEAR (1953) and DIABOLIQUE (1954), and I heard that his LE CORBEAU (1943) – which I have watched - is also a possible candidate for a future Criterion title. I also hope that they may be able to get their hands on his excellent debut feature, L’ASSASSIN HABITE AU 21 (1941), which I have recorded off French TV. I own a PAL VHS copy of THRONE OF BLOOD, one of Kurosawa’s greatest films and the best ever screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s MACBETH. The specs are very promising indeed, and it would be ideal to pick this one up along with Wellspring’s upcoming “Masterworks” edition of RAN (1985) – based on another Shakespeare play, KING LEAR. So far I own 3 Kurosawa films on DVD, all Criterion releases – RASHOMON (1950), SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) and RED BEARD (1965). There are still quite a few of his films which are still unavailable on R1 DVD, and I wish Criterion could release JUDO SAGA PARTS I & II (1943 & 1945), NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH (1946), STRAY DOG (1949), IKIRU (1952), and the full-length versions of THE IDIOT (1951), THE BAD SLEEP WELL (1960), DODES’KA-DEN (1970) and KAGEMUSHA (1980).