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Criterion Collection Announces May Titles

On May 11, the illustrious studio will release Fritz Lang's psychological thriller M on Blu-ray. A week later, Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout will hit shelves on DVD/Blu-ray. Finally, on May 25, Criterion will release John Ford's classic western Stagecoach and By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two on DVD/Blu-ray.

M Blu-ray
Peter Lorre stars as serial killer Hans Beckert in Fritz Lang’s harrowing masterwork M, a suspenseful panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.

Extras include:
  • Audio commentary by German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler
  • The long-lost English-language version of M
  • Documentary on the physical history of M, from production to distribution to digital restoration
  • Conversation with Fritz Lang, a fifty-minute film by William Friedkin
  • Claude Chabrol's short film M le maudit, plus a video interview with Chabrol
  • Classroom audiotapes of editor Paul Falkenberg discussing M and its history, set to clips from the film
  • Video interview with Harold Nebenzal, son of M producer Seymour Nebenzal
  • Stills gallery, with behind-the-scenes photos and production sketches
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann, a 1963 interview with director Fritz Lang, the script for a missing scene, and contemporaneous newspaper articles

A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg.

Extras include:
  • Audio commentary featuring director Nicolas Roeg and actress Jenny Agutter
  • Video interviews with Agutter and actor Luc Roeg
  • Gulpilil-One Red Blood (2002), an hour-long documentary on the life and career of actor David Gulpilil
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by author Paul Ryan
This is where it all started. John Ford’s smash hit and enduring masterpiece Stagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list. It features John Wayne, in his first starring role for Ford, as outlaw Ringo Kid.

Extras include:
  • Audio commentary by noted western authority Jim Kitses
  • Bucking Broadway (1917), a fifty-four-minute silent western by John Ford, with new music by Donald Sosin
  • Extensive video interview with Ford from 1968
  • New video interview with Dan Ford, biographer and grandson of the director, about Ford's home movies
  • New video interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • New video essay by writer Tag Gallagher
  • New video feature about Monument Valley
  • New video interview with stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong about Stagecoach stuntman Yakima Canutt
  • Radio dramatization of Stagecoach from 1949
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by David Cairns and the short story that inspired the film

By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two
Working outside the mainstream, Stan Brakhage made nearly four hundred films. Challenging all taboos in his exploration of “birth, sex, death, and the search for God,” Brakhage turned his camera on explicit lovemaking, childbirth, even autopsy.

Extras include:
  • Brakhage on Brakhage, a collection of video encounters with the filmmaker
  • Audio remarks on selected films by Stan Brakhage
  • For Stan, a short film by Marilyn Brakhage
  • Excerpts from a 1990 interview with Brakhage
  • Footage from Brakhage's salon at the University of Colorado
  • Audio recordings of two lectures by Brakhage
  • A booklet featuring a foreword and program notes by Marilyn Brakhage, as well as write-ups of the films and an essay by Brakhage expert Fred Camper


Tom said...

Good news! Thanks for the update.

Karen said...

I'm really interested in seeing Walkabout. They mentioned that journey in the Hugh Jackman & Nicole Kidman's Australia.

Criterion is full of goodies.

Simon said...


Sergio said...

M is without question one of greatest films ever made. I already have the regular Criterion DVD and though I just got a Blu-ray player last week I'll pass on double dipping (and save money) Believe me, the regular version looks just great on the Blu-ray player.

BUT anyone who's intetested should check out the long awaited Criterion release of Nicolas Ray's truly weird masterpiece Bigger Than Life coming on on March 23rd. One of the great films of the 1950's and one of the films the put a lie to the idea that the 50's era was bland and complacent

Karen said...

So M is on my list!

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