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Criterion announces November Blu-ray titles: Night of the Hunter, Antichrist, Modern Times

Criterion announces November Blu-ray titles: Night of the Hunter, Antichrist, Modern Times

Uhhhh…Criterion totally blew me away this week. I think that’s why I haven’t gotten around to posting their slate of November releases yet (announced a couple of days ago.) There’s just way too much coming out! So, I’m splitting the announcements up into a couple of posts. This one will deal with the single disc titles and I’ll follow up with the rundown of titles in their ginormous, incredible-looking America Lost and Found: The BBS Story boxed set. Here we go:


The Night of the Hunter Criterion Collection Blu-ray


THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
(November 16, 2010 – MSRP $49.95)
Video: 1.66:1 1080p
Audio: uncompressed monaural

Special Features:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring assistant director Terry Sanders, film critic F. X. Feeney, archivist Robert Gitt, and author Preston Neal Jones
  • Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter,” a two-and-a-half-hour archival treasure trove of outtakes from the film
  • New documentary featuring interviews with producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Jones, and author Jeffrey Couchman
  • New video interview with Simon Callow, author of Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor
  • Clip from the The Ed Sullivan Show, in which cast members perform live a scene that was deleted from the film
  • Fifteen-minute episode of the BBC show Moving Pictures about the film
  • Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez
  • Gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb
  • New video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin about Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter”
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow

Antichrist Criterion Collection Blu-ray


ANTICHRIST
(November 9, 2010 – MSRP $39.95)
Video: 2.35:1 1080p
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio

Special Features:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Lars von Trier and supervised by director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by von Trier and professor Murray Smith
  • Video interviews with von Trier and actors Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • A collection of video pieces delving into the production of Antichrist, including interviews with von Trier and key members of his filmmaking team as well as behind-the-scenes footage
  • Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival 2009, a documentary on the film’s world premiere, plus press interviews with Dafoe and Gainsbourg
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie

Modern Times Criterion Collection Blu-ray


MODERN TIMES
(November 16, 2010 – MSRP $39.95)
Video: 1.33:1 1080p
Audio: uncompressed monaural

Special Features:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Chaplin biographer David Robinson
  • Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance
  • New program on the film’s visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
  • Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin
  • Chaplin Today: “Modern Times” (2004), a half-hour program with filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • Two segments removed from the film
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • All at Sea (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and Cooke, plus a new score by Donald Sosin and a new interview with Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge
  • The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler highlighting his skill on wheels
  • For the First Time (1967), a Cuban documentary short about a projectionist who shows Modern Times to first-time moviegoers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin’s writing about his travels in 1931 and 1932

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