The Criterion Column: October Brings Kubrick’s PATHS OF GLORY, THE SEVEN SAMURAI on Blu-Ray, Ingmar Bergman, HOUSE, and More

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The October 2010 batch of Criterion
titles brings a few surprises. Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory
is hitting DVD and Blu-Ray as is Ingmar Bergman’s film The Magician. Criterion
continues its relationship with Wes Anderson by releasing The
Darjeeling Limited
on Blu-Ray and DVD. Ok.

Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai is headed for
Blu-Ray with a new restored high-def transfer. If the quality of
Criterion’s other Kurosawa Blu-Ray discs (e.g. Kagemusha, Sanjuro
and Yojimbo) are any indication, it is time to ditch the
DVDs. This one should look spectacular.

Finally, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House is
making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD just in time for Halloween. There are
a few things to note here. First, the fact that Criterion is releasing
this on Blu-Ray with a restored transfer and uncompressed mono sound is
kind of a surprise. This is a very good thing. The other curious thing
is the extras. Why is there a “video appreciation” by Ti West, but no
appearances by contemporary Japanese filmmakers? One can assume it’s a
matter of marketability. This doesn’t make it any less odd, though.

THE CRITERION COLLECTION 2010 RELEASE
CALENDAR (January through October 2010, up-to-date as of July 17, 2010)

OCTOBER 2010

Wes Anderson, THE DARJEELING
LIMITED
, DVD & BD, 10/12/10, US & Canada
Ingmar
Bergman, THE MAGICIAN, DVD
& BD, 9/14/10, US & English speaking Canada only
Akira
Kurosawa, THE SEVEN SAMURAI,
BD, 10/19/10, US & Canada
Stanley Kubrick, HOUSE, DVD & BD, 10/26/10, US &
Canada

SEPTEMBER 2010

Jean-Luc Godard, BREATHLESS, DVD & BD, 9/14/10, US &
English Speaking Canada only
Stanley Donen, CHARADE,
BD, 9/21/10, US & Canada
Nagisa Oshima, MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE, DVD & BD,
9/28/10, US & Canada
Terence Malick, THE THIN RED LINE, DVD & BD, 9/28/10, US
& Canada
Allan King, ECLIPSE SERIES 24: THE ACTUALITY DRAMAS OF ALLAN KING (WARRENDALE/A
MARRIED COUPLE/COME ON CHILDREN/DYING AT GRACE/MEMORY FOR MAX, CLAIRE,
IDA AND COMPANY), 5 DVD BOX, 9/21/10, US & Canada

AUGUST 2010

 

Akira Kurosawa, ECLIPSE SERIES 23: THE FIRST FILMS OF AKIRA KUROSAWA 

(SANSHIRO SUGATA/THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL/SANSHIRO SUGATA, PART TWO /THE MEN WHO TREAD ON THE TIGER’S
TAIL), 4 DVD BOX, 8/3/10. US & Canada

Terry Zwigoff, CRUMB,
DVD & BD, 8/10/10,  US & Canada

Terry Zwigoff, LOUIE BLUIE, DVD, 8/10/10,  US & Canada

Marcel Camus, 

BLACK ORPHEUS, 2-DISC DVD & BD, 8/17/10,
 US & Canada

Maurice
Pialat, 

L’ENFANCE NUE, DVD, 8/17/10, US & English
Speaking Canada only

Josef von
Sternberg, 

THREE SILENT CLASSICS BY JOSEF VON STERNBERG (UNDERWORLD/THE
LAST COMMAND/THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK), 3 DVD BOX, 8/24/10, US &
Canada

 

JULY 2010

 

Yasujiro Ozu, THE ONLY SON/THERE WAS A FATHER: TWO FILMS BY YASUJIRO
OZU
, 2 DVD BOX, 7/13/2010, US & English speaking Canada

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, BLACK NARCISSUS, DVD & BD, 7/20/10, US
& Canada

Michael Powell &
Emeric Pressburger, THE RED SHOES, DVD & BD, 7/20/10, US
& Canada

Abdellatif Kechiche, THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN, DVD & BD,
7/27/10, US Only

Sacha Guitry, ECLIPSE SERIES 22: PRESENTING SACHA GUITRY (THE STORY
OF A CHEAT/THE PEARLS OF THE CROWN/DÉSIRÉ/QUADRILLE)
, 4 DVD
BOX, 7/27/2010, US & English speaking Canada

 

JUNE 2010

 

Jim Jarmusch, CLOSE-UP, DVD &
BD, 6/22/10, US Only

Michelangelo
Antonioni, RED DESERT, DVD
& BD, 6/22/10, US & English-speaking Canada,

Carol Reed, NIGHT TRAIN TO
MUNICH
, DVD & BD, 6/22/10, US & Canada

Jan Troell, EVERLASTING MOMENTS,
DVD & BD,
6/29/10, US Only

Luchino
Visconti, THE LEOPARD, DVD
& BD, 6/29/10, US
& Canada

 

MAY 2010

 

Stan Brakhage,  Anthology, Volumes One and Two”>BY BRAKHAGE: AN
ANTHOLOGY, VOLUMES ONE AND TWO
, 3 BD BOX, 5/25/10, US &
Canada

Fritz Lang, M, BD, 5/11/10, BD, US Only

John Ford, STAGECOACH, DVD & BD, 5/25/2010, US Only

Nicolas Roeg,WALKABOUT, DVD & BD, 5/18/2010, US & English-speaking Canada

Various, VIVRE
SA VIE
, DVD & BD, 4/20/2010, US & English-speaking
Canada

Ang Lee, RIDE
WITH THE DEVIL
, DVD & BD, 4/27/2010, US & Canada

Sidney Lumet, THE
FUGITIVE KIND
, 2 DVD BOX, 4/27/2010, US & Canada

Olivier Assayas, SUMMER
HOURS
, DVD & BD, 4/20/2010, US only

Various, DILLINGER
IS DEAD
, DVD, 3/16/10, US & English-speaking Canada

Nicholas Ray, BIGGER THAN LIFE, DVD & BD, 3/23/10, US
& Canada
Terence Malick, DAYS OF
HEAVEN
, BD, 3/23/10, US & Canada
Akira Kurosawa, YOJIMBO
& SANJURO
, BD &  2 BD BOX, 3/23/10, US & Canada
Pedro Costa, LETTERS FROM FONTAINHAS: THREE FILMS BY PEDRO COSTA
(OSSOS/IN VANDA’S ROOM/COLOSSAL YOUTH)
, 3 DVD BOX, 3/30/10,
US & English-speaking Canada

FEBRUARY 2010

James Ivory, HOWARDS
END
, DVD, 2/23/10, US & Canada (DVD) & US only (BD)
Steve McQueen, HUNGER, DVD & BD, 2/16/10, US &
Canada (DVD) & US only (BD) 
Max Ophüls, LOLA
MONTÈS
, DVD & BD, 2/16/10 ,US & English-speaking
Canada
Gotz Spielmann, REVANCHE, DVD & BD,2/16/2010,US &
English-speaking Canada
Leo McCarey, MAKE
WAY FOR TOMORROW
, 2 DVD SET, 2/23/10, US & Canada

Various,  ECLIPSE SERIES 20: GEORGE BERNARD SHAW ON FILM (MAJOR
BARBARA/CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA/ANDROCLES AND THE LION)
,3 DVD
BOX, 2/23/10, US & Canada

JANUARY 2010

Federico Fellini, 8 ½,
BD, 1/12/10, US & Canada
Steven Soderbergh, CHE,
DVD & BD, 1/19/10, US only
Wim Wenders, PARIS,
TEXAS
, DVD &  BD, 1/26/10, US & English-speaking
Canada
Roberto Rossellini, WAR
TRILOGY (ROME OPEN CITY/PAISAN/GERMANY YEAR ZERO)
, 3 DVD BOX,
1/26/10, US & English-speaking Canada
Chantal Ackerman, ECLIPSE
SERIES 19: CHANTAL AKERMAN IN THE SEVENTIES (LA CHAMBRE/JE TU IL
ELLE/LES RENDEZ-VOUS D’ANNA)
 , 3 DVD BOX, 1/19/10, US &
English-speaking Canada

 


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