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Criterion Collection Announces March Titles

My favorite distributors The Criterion Collection have announced three new titles for Blu-ray/DVD release this coming March! On March 22, the Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk (Robert Epstein, 1984) will come out. Then on March 29, Criterion will release Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh, 1999) and The Mikado (Victor Schertzinger, 1939).

The Times of Harvey Milk
Extras include:
  • Audio commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, coeditor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta
  • New interview with documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley professor Jon Else
  • New program about The Times of Harvey Milk and Gus Van Sant's Milk, featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta
  • Postscript containing interview clips not used in the film
  • Rare collection of audio and video recordings of Harvey Milk
  • Interview excerpts from Epstein's research tapes
  • Footage from the film's Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 Academy Awards ceremony
  • Panel discussion on Supervisor Dan White's controversial trial
  • Excerpts from the twenty-fifth anniversary commemoration of Milk's and Mayor George Moscone's assassinations
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film critic B. Ruby Rich, a tribute by Milk's nephew Stuart Milk, and a piece on the film's restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive's Ross Lipman
 
Topsy-Turvy
Extras include:
  • Audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
  • New video conversation between Leigh and the film's musical director, Gary Yershon
  • A Sense of History - Leigh's 1992 short film written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh, stars Broadbent and Allan Corduner, and other cast members
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spots




 
The Mikado
Extras include:
  • New video interview with director Mike Leigh on The Mikado and its adaptation for the screen
  • New video interview with The Mikado scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr., tracing the 1939 filmed version of the opera back to its 1885 stage debut
  • Short silent film promoting the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company's 1926 stage performance of The Mikado
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'BrienPLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin


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