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Criterion has announced their releases for the month of August. Each film will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray, with the same special features. The  Eclipse Series 35 box set is only available on DVD.

Rosetta


Quote: Release Date: 14 August 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne turned heads with Rosetta, an intense vérité drama that closely follows a poor young woman struggling to hold on to a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother. It’s a swift and simple tale made revelatory by the raw, empathetic way in which the directors render Rosetta’s desperation, keeping the camera nearly perched on her shoulder throughout. Many have copied the Dardennes’ style; few have equaled it. This ferocious film won big at Cannes, earning the Palme d’Or for the filmmakers and the best actress prize for the indomitable Émilie Dequenne.

Disc Features
-New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-Conversation between film critic Scott Foundas and filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
-New interview with actors Émilie Dequenne and Olivier Gourmet
-Trailer
-New English subtitle translation
-A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones

Criterion August Releases

La promesse


Quote: Release Date: 14 August 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: This is the breakthrough feature from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, who would go on to become a force in world filmmaking. The brothers brought the unerring eye for detail and the compassion for those on society’s lowest rungs developed in their earlier documentary work to this absorbing drama about a teenager (Jérémie Renier) gradually coming to understand the implications of his father’s making a living off of illegal alien workers. Filmed in the Dardennes’ industrial hometown of Seraing, Belgium, La promesse is a brilliantly economical and observant tale of a boy’s troubled moral awakening.

Disc Features
-New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Alain Marcoen, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-Conversation between film critic Scott Foundas and filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
-New interviews with actors Jérémie Renier and Olivier Gourmet
-Trailer
-New English subtitle translation
-A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones

Criterion August Releases

The Royal Tenenbaums


Quote: Release Date: 14 August 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Anjelica Huston) had three children—Chas, Margot, and Richie—and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster. The Royal Tenenbaums is a hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption from Wes Anderson.

Disc Features
-Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-Audio commentary by Anderson
- With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles, featuring Anderson
-Interviews with and behind-the-scenes footage of actors Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Danny Glover
-Outtakes
- The Peter Bradley Show, featuring interviews with additional cast members
-Scrapbook featuring young Richie’s murals and paintings, still photographs by set photographer James Hamilton, book and magazine covers, and storyboards
- Studio 360 radio segment on painter Miguel Calderón, along with examples of his work
-Trailers
-Insert with Eric Anderson’s drawings of the Tenenbaum house
-An essay by film critic Kent Jones

Criterion August Releases

Weekend


Quote: Release Date: 21 August 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: This sensual, remarkably observed, beautifully acted wonder is the breakout feature from British writer-director-editor Andrew Haigh. Rarely has a film been as honest about sexuality—in both depiction and discussion—as this tale of a one-night-stand that develops into a weekend-long idyll for two very different young men (exciting newcomers Tom Cullen and Chris New) in Midlands England. It’s an emotionally naked film that’s both an invaluable snapshot of the complexities of contemporary gay living and a universally identifiable portrait of a love affair.

Disc Features
-New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Andrew Haigh and director of photography Ula Pontikos, featuring 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-New program featuring interviews with Haigh, Pontikos, producer Tristan Goligher, and actors Tom Cullen and Chris New
-New interview with Haigh on the film’s sex scenes
-On-set video footage shot by New and others, and two scenes from Cullen’s and New’s auditions
-Video essay on the film’s set photographers, Oisín Share and Colin Quinn
- Cahuenga Blvd. (2005) and Five Miles Out (2009), two short films by Haigh
Trailer
-A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Dennis Lim

Criterion August Releases

Lonesome


Quote: Release Date: 28 August 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: The early Hollywood gem Lonesome is the creation of a little-known but audacious and one-of-a-kind auteur, Paul Fejos (a filmmaker/explorer/anthropologist/doctor!), who bridged the gap between the silent and sound eras. Fejos pulled out all the stops for this lovely New York City symphony set in antic Coney Island during the Fourth of July weekend—employing color tinting, superimposition effects, experimental editing, and a roving camera (plus three dialogue scenes, added because of the craze for talkies). For years, Lonesome has been a rare treat for festival and cinematheque audiences; it’s only now coming to home video. Rarer still are the two other Fejos films included in this release: The Last Performance (featuring a new score by Donald Sosin) and a reconstruction of the previously incomplete sound version of Broadway, in its time the most expensive film ever produced at Universal.

Disc Features
-New digital restoration, featuring uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-Audio commentary featuring film historian Richard Koszarski
- The Last Performance, director Paul Fejos’s 1929 silent starring Conrad Veidt, with a new score by Donald Sosin
-Reconstructed sound version of Broadway, Fejos’s 1929 musical
Fejos Memorial, a 1963 visual essay produced by Paul Falkenberg in collaboration with Fejos’s wife, Lita Binns Fejos, featuring Paul Fejos narrating the story of his life and career
-Audio excerpts about Broadway from an interview with cinematographer Hal Mohr
-A booklet featuring essays by critic Phillip Lopate and film historian Graham Petrie and an excerpt about Lonesome from Fejos’s autobiography

Criterion August Releases

Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer


Quote: Release Date: 28 August 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: Norman Mailer is remembered for many things—his novels, his essays, his articles, his activism, his ego. One largely forgotten chapter of his life, however, is his late-sixties, headlong, kamikaze-style plunge into making experimental films. These rough-hewn, self-financed, largely improvised metafictions are works of madness and bravado, all starring Mailer himself and with technical assistance from cinema verité trailblazers D. A. Pennebaker and Richard Leacock. The fullest realization of his directorial efforts is the blustering, brawling Maidstone, a shocking sign of the political times in which Mailer plays a filmmaker and presidential candidate who may be the target of an assassination attempt. Along with Mailer’s other films of the period— Wild 90 and Beyond the Law—it shows an uncompromising artist in thrall to both himself and a new medium.

Collector's Set Includes:
- Maidstone (1970)
- Wild 90 (1967)
- Beyond the Law (1968)

Criterion August Releases

Quadrophenia


Quote: Release Date: 28 August 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: The Who’s classic rock opera Quadrophenia was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled London of the early 1960s. Our antihero, Jimmy (Phil Daniels), is a teenager dissatisfied with family, work, and love, who identifies with the fashionable, pill-popping, scooter-driving mods, a group whose opposition to the motorcycle-riding rockers leads to a climactic riot in Brighton. Director Franc Roddam’s rough-edged film is a quintessential chronicle of youthful rebellion and turmoil, with Pete Townshend’s brilliant songs (including “I’ve Had Enough,” “5:15,” and “Love, Reign O’er Me”) providing emotional support, and featuring Sting and Ray Winstone in early roles.

Disc Features
-New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut version, with the original 2.0 stereo soundtrack as well as an all-new 5.1 surround mix, supervised by the Who and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
-New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and director of photography Brian Tufano
-New interview with Bill Curbishley, the film’s coproducer and the Who’s comanager
-New interview with the Who’s sound engineer, Bob Pridden, discussing the new mix, featuring a restoration demonstration
-On-set and archival footage
-Behind-the-scenes photographs
-A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick James, a reprinted personal history by original mod Irish Jack, and Pete Townshend’s liner notes from the album

Criterion August Releases

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