Criterion Press Release: July Titles

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    KOKO: A TALKING GORILLA
    Barbet Schroeder introduces us to the remarkable Koko in the captivating documentary Koko: A Talking Gorilla. At the age of three, Koko was brought from the San Francisco Zoo to Stanford University by Dr. Penny Patterson for a controversial experiment‹she would be taught the basics of human communication through American sign language. Entertaining and relevant, Koko sheds light on the ongoing ethical and philosophical debates over the individual rights of animals and brings us face to face with the amazing ³individual² caught in the middle.

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    € Directed by Barbet Schroeder (Reversal of Fortune, Single White Female)
    € Cinematography by Néstor Almendros (Claire¹s Knee, Days of Heaven)

    Special features:
    € New, restored digital transfer supervised and approved by director Barbet Schroeder
    € New video interview with Schroeder
    € Alternate French-language audio track with optional English subtitles
    € PLUS: A new essay by critic Gary Indiana

    Title: Koko: A Talking Gorilla
    CAT: CC1637D
    UPC: 7-15515-01872-2
    ISBN: 1-55940-985-1
    SRP: $29.95
    Prebook: 6/6/06
    Street date: 7/11/06

    YI YI
    With the runaway international acclaim of this film, Taiwanese director Edward Yang could no longer be called Asian cinema¹s best-kept secret. Yi Yi swiftly follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of one year, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral. Warm, sprawling, and dazzling, this intimate epic is one of the undisputed masterworks of the new century.

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    € Written and directed by Edward Yang (A Brighter Summer Day, A Confucian Confusion)
    € Starring Nianzhen Wu (writer, City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster)
    € Starring Issey Ogata (Tony Takitani, The Sun)

    Special features:
    € New, restored high-definition digital transfer
    € Audio commentary by writer-director Edward Yang and noted Asian-cinema critic Tony Rayns
    € New video interview with Rayns about the ³New Taiwanese Cinema² movement
    € U.S. theatrical trailer
    € PLUS: A new essay by Kent Jones

    Title: Yi Yi
    CAT: CC1636D
    UPC: 7-15515-01862-3
    ISBN: 1-55940-984-3
    SRP: $39.95
    Prebook: 6/6/06
    Street date: 7/11/06

    OLIVIER¹S SHAKESPEARE
    **SPECIALLY PRICED BOX SET**
    Sir Laurence Olivier directed only five films in his sixty-year acting career, yet his three Shakespeare adaptations are still widely considered the definitive film adaptations: his thrilling directorial debut, Henry V, stunned 1944 audiences with its vivid Technicolor and full-throttle battle scenes; Hamlet, which won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Actor, in 1948, brought to stunning life literature¹s greatest protagonist; and his legendary Richard III, thought by many to feature Olivier¹s most magnetic performance. All three are presented for the first time together on DVD in this deluxe gift set.

    Info:
    Includes three classic features:
    € Henry V
    € Hamlet
    € Richard III

    Specially priced box set features:
    € All high-definition digital transfers
    € Audio commentaries by film historian Bruce Eder on Henry V and playwright and stage director Russell Lees on Richard III
    € A 1966 BBC interview with Olivier, featured on Richard III
    € Original theatrical trailers of Henry V and Richard III
    € Galleries of production stills and posters on Henry V and Richard III

    Title: Olivier's Shakepeare
    CAT: CC1638D
    UPC: 7-15515-01882-1
    ISBN: 1-55940-986-X
    SRP: $79.95
    Prebook: 6/13/06
    Street date: 7/18/06

    A CANTERBURY TALE
    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger¹s beloved classic A Canterbury Tale is a profoundly personal journey to Powell¹s bucolic birthplace of Kent, England. Set amidst the tumult of the Second World War, the film follows three modern-day incarnations of Chaucer¹s pilgrims‹a melancholy ³landgirl,² a plainspoken American GI, and a resourceful British sergeant‹who are waylaid in the English countryside and forced to solve a bizarre village crime en route to the mythical town. A Canterbury Tale has acquired a following of devotees passionate enough to qualify as pilgrims themselves.

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    € Written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus)
    € Starring Dennis Price (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Ten Little Indians)

    Special double-disc set features:
    € All-new high-definition digital transfer
    € Scenes from Michael Powell¹s re-edited American version
    € Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie
    € John Sweet: A Pilgrim¹s Return, a short documentary on actor John Sweet¹s 2001 return to Canterbury
    € Humphrey Jennings¹s landmark documentary Listen to Britain
    € Artist Victor Burgin¹s impressionistic video piece Listen to Britain, inspired by Jennings¹s film and A Canterbury Tale.

    Title: A Canterbury Tale
    CAT: CC1639D
    UPC: 7-15515-01892-0
    ISBN: 1-55940-987-8
    SRP: $39.95
    Prebook: 6/20/06
    Street date: 7/25/06

    ATTN CANADA: KOKO: A TALKING GORILLA AND YI YI ARE AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH CANADA ONLY. OLIVIER'S SHAKESPEARE AND A CANTERBURY TALE ARE AVAILABLE IN All OF CANADA.
     
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    Great, eclectic selection - I'll be picking up Yi Yi, Koko and A Canterbury Tale. [​IMG]
     
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    No Shakespeare Steve? Damn!....:p
     
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    Oh my god!

    Could this mean yi-yi will finally have a good looking DVD?
     

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