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Inside Llewyn Davis


Release Date: 19 Jan 2016
SRP: $39.95 (BD)/$29.95 (DVD)
2013/104 minutes
Color/1.85:1/English
  • New 4K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring writers Robert Christgau, David Hajdu, and Sean Wilentz
  • The First Hundred Feet, the Last Hundred Feet – A new conversation between filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and directors Joel and Ethan Coen about the evolution of their approach, from Blood Simple to Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Inside Inside Llewyn Davis – A forty-five-minute 2013 documentary
  • Another Place, Another Time (2014) – A 101-minute film documenting an Inside Llewyn Davis tribute concert, featuring Joan Baez, Mumford & Sons, Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, Jack White, and others
  • New piece on the history of “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song),” featuring music producer T Bone Burnett and the Coens
  • New piece about Dave Van Ronk and the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties, featuring music writer and historian Elijah Wald
  • Sunday – A short 1961 documentary by Dan Drasin about the riots that took place in Washington Square Park after folk musicians were prevented from gathering and playing there
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones


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Quote: The visionary chroniclers of eccentric Americana Joel and Ethan Coen present one of their greatest creations in Llewyn Davis, a singer barely eking out a living on the peripheries of the flourishing Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties. As embodied by Oscar Isaac, in a revelatory performance, Llewyn (loosely modeled on off-the-radar folk legend Dave Van Ronk) is extraordinarily talented but also irascible, rude, and self-defeating. Our man’s circular odyssey through an unforgiving wintry cityscape, evocatively captured by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, is realized with poignant humor and the occasional surreal touch. Featuring a folk soundtrack curated by T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis reminds us that in the Coens’ world, history isn’t necessarily written by the winners.


Gilda


Release Date: 19 Jan 2016
SRP: $39.95 (BD)/$29.95 (DVD)
1946/110 minutes
Black and White/1.33:1/English
  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2010 by film critic Richard Schickel
  • New interview with film noir historian Eddie Muller
  • Appreciation of Gilda from 2010 featuring filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann
  • Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady – A 2000 featurette on Hayworth’s career as an actor and dancer
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley


Criterion January Releases

Quote: “Gilda, are you decent?” Rita Hayworth tosses her hair back and slyly responds, “Me?” in one of the great star entrances in movie history. Gilda, directed by Charles Vidor, features a sultry Hayworth in her most iconic role, as the much-lusted-after wife of a criminal kingpin (George Macready), as well as the former flame of his bitter henchman (Glenn Ford), and she drives them both mad with desire and jealousy. An ever-shifting battle of the sexes set on a Buenos Aires casino’s glittering floor and in its shadowy back rooms, Gilda is among the most sensual of all Hollywood noirs.


Bitter Rice


Release Date: 12 Jan 2016
SRP: $29.95 (BD)/$19.95 (DVD)
1949/109 minutes
Black and White/1.33:1/Italian
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Giuseppe de Santis – A 2007 documentary by screenwriter Carlo Lizzani
  • Interview with Lizzani from 2003
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Pasquale Iannone


Criterion January Releases

Quote: During planting season in Northern Italy’s Po Valley, an earthy rice-field worker (the seductive Silvana Mangano) falls in with a small-time criminal (Vittorio Gassman) who is planning a daring heist of the crop, as well as his femme-fatale-ish girlfriend, played by the Hollywood star Doris Dowling. Both a socially conscious look at the hardships endured by underpaid field workers and a melodrama tinged with sex and violence, this early smash for producer extraordinaire Dino De Laurentiis and director Giuseppe De Santis is neorealism with a heaping dose of pulp.


The American Friend


Release Date: 12 Jan 2016
SRP: $39.95 (BD)/$29.95 (DVD)
1977/127 minutes
Color/1.66:1/English, French, German
  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Wim Wenders, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2002 featuring Wenders and actor Dennis Hopper
  • New interview with Wenders
  • New interview with actor Bruno Ganz
  • Deleted scenes with audio commentary by Wenders
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author Francine Prose


Criterion January Releases

The Complete Lady Snowblood


Release Date: 5 Jan 2016
SRP: $39.95 (BD)/$29.95 (DVD)
  • New 2K digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
  • New interviews with Kazuo Koike, the writer of the manga that inspired the films, and screenwriter Norio Osada
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton


Criterion January Releases

Lady Snowblood

(1973)
Quote: Gory revenge is raised to the level of visual poetry in Toshiya Fujita’s stunning Lady Snowblood.

Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance

(1974)
Quote: More politically minded than the original, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance is full of exciting plot turns and ingenious action sequences.
 

Also, Costco Connection magazine has an ad for exclusive Criterion box-sets. On November 6th you should be able to find The Classic Hitchcock Box Set ( The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, and Foreign Correspondent) and The Rock Box Set ( Hard Day's Night, Gimme Shelter, Quadrophenia, and Monterey Pop) at participating stores.

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