Criterion Press Release: November Titles

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    PICKPOCKET - Robert Bresson's masterful investigation of crime and redemption tells the story of arrogant, young Michel, who spends his days learning the art of picking pockets in the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As Michel grows bolder and more adept at his crime, so too grows his fear that his luck is about to run out. And despite the pleadings of his sick mother and the lovely Jeanne to return to the world of the honorable, he is consumed by his compulsion to steal. Tautly choreographed and stylistically rigorous, Pickpocket reveals Bresson at his enigmatic, virtuosic best. Criterion's DVD includes audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt, a video introduction by writer/director Paul Schrader, a 2003 documentary featuring actors from Bresson's films, a 1960 French TV interview with the director, and much more.

    Cat: PIC150
    Title: Pickpocket
    UPC: 0-37429-20952-3
    SRP: $39.95
    Prebook date: 10/4/05
    Street date: 11/8/05


    UGETSU - The great Japanese director Kenji Mizoguchi draws on sources from both East and West for this, his crowning achievement. Set in sixteenth-century Japan, a period of bloody civil war, the film is equally rooted in the postwar psyche of 1950s Japan. Focusing on an ambitious potter haunted by a beautiful ghost and a farmer who dreams of becoming a samurai, the film offers a commentary on the delusions of lust and power, the folly of war, and the stoic suffering of women. Renowned cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa helps Mizoguchi seamlessly interweave the supernatural with reality, resulting in one of the most beautiful films of all time. Criterion's double-disc edition will feature audio commentary by critic Tony Rayns, a two-and-a-half hour documentary on Mizoguchi by Kaneto Shindo, a new interview with director Masahiro Shinoda on the film, new interviews with first assistant director Tokuzo Tanaka and Miyagawa on their work on the film, trailers, a booklet featuring the original stories on which the film was based, and more.

    Cat: UGE020
    Title: Ugetsu
    UPC: 0-37429-20932-5
    SRP: $39.95
    Prebook date: 10/4/05
    Street date: 11/8/05


    THE TALES OF HOFFMANN - In Jacques Offenbach's fantasy opera, the poet E.T.A. Hoffmann dreams of three women - a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren who steals his reflection, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer - all of whom break his heart in different ways. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in their one-of-a-kind take on this classic story. Feverishly romantic, The Tales of Hoffmann is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects - one of the most exhilarating film adaptations of an opera ever produced. Criterion's long-awaited DVD (one of our most requested titles) will feature audio commentary by Martin Scorsese & film historian Bruce Eder, a new introduction to the film by director and fan George A. Romero, Michael Powell's short musical film The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a rare collection of production design sketches and paintings, the trailer, and more.

    Cat: TAL100
    Title: The Tales of Hoffmann
    UPC: 0-37429-12622-6
    SRP: $39.95
    Prebook date: 10/18/05
    Street date: 11/22/05


    RAN - Legendary director Akira Kurosawa re-imagines Shakespeare's tragic King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan. Tatsuya Nakadai (The Sword of Doom, Kagemusha) stars as Lord Hidetora, a warlord who cedes authority over his vast dominion to his eldest son, setting off a familial power struggle for control of his kingdom. Majestic in scope, Ran is a visual masterpiece in which Kurosawa contrasts the immensity of war with the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power. Criterion's magnificent two-disc edition will include not only a newly-restored transfer, but also A.K., Chris Marker's 74-minute documentary on Kurosawa's craft in making the film; an introduction by filmmaker Sidney Lumet; a half-hour Toho documentary on the making of the film; a half-hour video piece reconstructing the film through Kurosawa's paintings and sketches; a new interview with star Tatsuya Nakadai; and more.
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    Cat: CC1618D
    Title: Ran
    UPC: 7-15515-01682-7
    SRP: $39.95
    Prebook date: 10/18/05
    Street date: 11/22/05
     
  2. Micah Cohen

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    What a great treatment for RAN!

    Now, can we get them to return and redo the DVD of YOJIMBO, one of the greatest of all Kurosawa films and an utterly awful example of a Criterion DVD? I'd buy YOJIMBO in a second, especially if it got the treatment they're giving RAN.

    Yo-jimbo?

    Thanks for the update, Ron!

    MC
     
  3. RaymondSteiner

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    A lot of japanese films. November is going to be a very expensive month. Thanks Ronald for the news!.
     
  4. oscar_merkx

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    i have given up trying to keep track of all the must buy titles out there

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  5. Gordon McMurphy

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    All $40 - crikey!

    An awesome line up.
     

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