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The Criterion Collection September 2019 Releases

The Criterion Collection September 2019 Releases

Polyester
For his first studio picture, filth maestro John Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to allow his muse Divine to sink his teeth into a role unlike any he had played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine worthy of a Douglas Sirk melodrama. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering Francine turns to the bottle as her life falls apart—until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). Enhanced with Odorama™ technology that enables you to scratch and sniff along with Francine, Polyester is one of Waters’ most hilarious inventions, replete with stomach-churning smells, sadistic nuns, AA meetings, and foot stomping galore.

FILM INFO

John Waters
United States
1981
86 minutes
Color
1.85:1
English
Spine #995

Available Sep 17, 2019

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Waters from the 1993 Criterion laserdisc release of the film
  • New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto
  • New program featuring interviews with Waters collaborators Tab Hunter, Dennis Dermody, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Mary Garlington, and Greer Yeaton
  • Interviews from 1993 with crew members Moran, Peranio, and Van Smith
  • Archival interviews with Waters, Moran, and actors Divine and Edith Massey, featuring footage from the making of the film
  • Twenty minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Elena Gorfinkel, a foldout poster of the cover, and a scratch-and-sniff Odorama™ card

The Circus Charlie Chaplin The Criterion Collection Bluray

The Circus
In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin’s Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show, falling for the troupe’s bareback rider along the way. Despite its famously troubled production, this gag-packed comedy ranks among Chaplin’s finest, thanks to some of the most audacious set pieces of the director-performer’s career, including a close brush with a lion and a climactic tightrope walk with a barrelful of monkeys. The Circus, which was rereleased in 1969 with a new score by Chaplin, is an uproarious high-wire act that showcases silent cinema’s most popular entertainer at the peak of his comic powers.
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FILM INFO

Charles Chaplin
United States
1928
72 minutes
Black & White
1.33:1
Silent
Spine #996

Available Sep 24, 2019

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SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s 1969 rerelease version of the film, featuring an original score by Chaplin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
  • Interview with Chaplin from 1969
  • New interview with Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin
  • In the Service of the Story, a new program on the film’s visual effects and production design by film scholar Craig Barron
  • Chaplin Today: “The Circus,” a 2003 documentary on the film featuring filmmaker Emir Kusturica
  • Excerpted audio interview from 1998 with Chaplin musical associate Eric James
  • Unused café sequence with new score by composer Timothy Brock, and related outtakes with narration by comedy choreographer Dan Kamin
  • Newly discovered outtakes featuring the Tramp and the circus rider
  • Excerpts from the original recording session for the film’s opening song, “Swing Little Girl”
  • Footage of the film’s 1928 Hollywood premiere
  • Rerelease trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson

Cluny Brown The Criterion Collection Bluray

Cluny Brown
The final film completed by Ernst Lubitsch, this zany, zippy comedy of manners, set in England on the cusp of World War II, is one of the worldly-wise director’s most effervescent creations. Jennifer Jones shines in a rare comedic turn as Cluny Brown, an irrepressible heroine with a zeal for plumbing. Sent to work as a parlormaid at a stuffy country manor, she proceeds to turn the household upside down—with plenty of help from Adam Belinski (Charles Boyer), an eccentric Continental exile who has fled the Nazis but is still worried about where his next meal is coming from. Sending up British class hierarchy with Lubitsch’s famously light touch, Cluny Brown is a topsy-turvy farce that says nuts to the squirrels and squirrels to the nuts.
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FILM INFO

Ernst Lubitsch
United States
1946
100 minutes
Black & White
1.37:1
English
Spine #997

Available Sep 17, 2019

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SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between film critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme on unconventional female characters in Ernst Lubitsch’s films
  • New video essay by film scholar Kristin Thompson
  • The Lubitsch Touch, an interview with film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz from 2004
  • Screen Directors Playhouse radio adaptation of the film from 1950, featuring Dorothy McGuire and Charles Boyer
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt

Local Hero Criterion Collection Bluray

Local Hero
Bill Forsyth put Scottish cinema on the map with this delightfully eccentric culture-clash comedy. Riffing on popular representations of Scottish life and folklore, Local Hero follows the Texas oil executive Mac (Peter Riegert), who is dispatched by his crackpot boss (Burt Lancaster) to a remote seaside village in Scotland with orders to buy out the town and develop the region for an oil refinery. But as business mixes with pleasure, Mac finds himself enchanted by both the picturesque community and its oddball denizens—and Texas starts to feel awfully far away. Packed with a near nonstop stream of droll one-liners and deadpan gags, this enchanting cult hit finds Forsyth surveying the idiosyncrasies of small-town life with the satirical verve of a latter-day Preston Sturges, arriving at a sly commentary on conservation, corporate greed, and the legacies we leave behind.
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FILM INFO

Bill Forsyth
United Kingdom
1983
111 minutes
Color
1.78:1
English
Spine #994

Available Sep 24, 2019

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2018 featuring director Bill Forsyth and film critic Mark Kermode
  • New conversation between Forsyth and film critic David Cairns
  • Shooting from the Heart, a 1985 documentary about the work of cinematographer Chris Menges
  • Episode of The South Bank Show from 1983 about the production of the film
  • The Making of “Local Hero,” a documentary made during the film’s production, featuring interviews with actors Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster
  • I Thought Maybe I’d Get to Meet Alan Whicker, a 1983 interview with Forsyth
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Jonathan Murray

The Cloud Capped Star The Criterion Collection Bluray

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The Cloud-Capped Star
Directed by the visionary Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak, The Cloud-Capped Star tells the story of a family who have been uprooted by the Partition of India and come to depend on their eldest daughter, the self-sacrificing Neeta (Supriya Choudhury). She watches helplessly as her own hopes and desires are pushed aside time and again by those of her siblings and parents, until all her chances for happiness evaporate, leaving her crushed and ailing. Experimenting with off-balance compositions, discontinuous editing, and a densely layered soundtrack, Ghatak devised an intellectually ambitious and emotionally devastating new shape for the melodrama, lamenting the tragedies of Indian history and the inequities of traditional gender roles while blazing a formal trail for the generations of Indian filmmakers who have followed him.

The Cloud-Capped Star was restored in partnership with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the Cineteca di Bologna, from elements preserved by the National Film Archive of India.
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FILM INFO

Ritwik Ghatak
India
1960
127 minutes
Black & White
1.37:1
Bengali
Spine #993

Available Sep 10, 2019

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SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani
  • Stills gallery featuring rare photographs related to director Ritwik Ghatak’s life and work, curated by writer and photographer Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ira Bhaskar

Fists In The Pocket The Criterion Collection Bluray

Fists In the Pocket
Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions, in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. With its coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket (I pugni in tasca) was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema.
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FILM INFO

Marco Bellocchio
Italy
1965
108 minutes
Black & White
1.85:1
Italian
Spine #333

Available Sep 3, 2019

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • On the DVD: Restored high-definition digital transfer
  • On the Blu-ray: New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Marco Bellocchio, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interviews from 2005 with Bellocchio, actors Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora, editor Silvano Agosti, critic Tullio Kezich, and filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci
  • New interview with scholar Stefano Albertini (Blu-ray only)
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Deborah Young and (with the DVD) an interview with Bellocchio
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