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Criterion has announced their releases for the month of July. Each film will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray, with the same special features. The  Eclipse Series 34 box set is only available on DVD.

Down By Law

Quote: Release Date: 17 July 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in America. When fate lands three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure begins. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white photography by esteemed cinematographer Robby Müller.

Disc Features
-High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-Thoughts and reflections on the making of the film from director Jim Jarmusch in 2002
-Interview with director of photography Robby Müller from 2002
-Footage from the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, including a press conference featuring Jarmusch and actors John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, and Nicoletta Braschi, and an interview with Lurie, with commentary
-Sixteen outtakes
-Music video for Tom Waits’s cover of Cole Porter’s “It’s All Right with Me,” directed by Jarmusch
-Q&A with Jarmusch in which he responds to fans’ questions
-Recordings of phone conversations between Jarmusch and Waits, Benigni, and Lurie
-Production Polaroids and location stills
-Isolated music track
-Optional French dub track, featuring Benigni
-An essay by critic Luc Sante

Criterion July Releases

The Last Days of Disco

Quote: Release Date: 24 July 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: The Last Days of Disco is a cleverly comic return to an early 1980s Manhattan party scene from director Whit Stillman. At the center of the film’s roundelay of revelers are the icy Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale) and the demure Alice (Chloë Sevigny), by day toiling as publishing house assistants and by night looking for romance and entertainment at a Studio 54–like club. The Last Days of Disco is an affectionate yet unsentimental look at the end of an era, brimming with Stillman’s trademark dry humor.

Disc Features
-Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Whit Stillman, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-Audio commentary featuring Stillman and actors Chloë Sevigny and Chris Eigeman
-Four deleted scenes with commentary by Stillman, Eigeman, and Sevigny
-Audio recording of Stillman reading a chapter from his book The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards
-Behind-the-scenes featurette
-Stills gallery with captions by Stillman
-Original theatrical trailer
-An essay by novelist David Schickler

Criterion July Releases


Quote: Release Date: 24 July 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: One of the great American independent films of the 1990s, the surprise hit Metropolitan by writer-director Whit Stillman is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man’s romantic misadventures in New York City’s debutante society. Stillman’s deft, literate dialogue and hilariously highbrow observations earned this first film an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay. Alongside the wit and sophistication, though, lies a tender tale of adolescent anxiety.

Disc Features
-Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-Audio commentary by Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols
-Rare outtakes and alternate casting, with commentary by Stillman
-A booklet featuring an essay by critic Luc Sante

Criterion July Releases

Eclipse Series 34: Jean Grémillon During the Occupation

Quote: Release Date: 24 July 2012
SRP: $44.95

Synopsis: Though little known outside of France, Jean Grémillon is a consummate filmmaker from his country’s golden age. A classically trained violinist who discovered cinema as a young man when his orchestra was hired to accompany silent movies, he went on to make almost fifty films—which ranged from documentaries to avant-garde works to melodramas with major stars—in a career that started in the mid-1920s and didn’t end until the late 1950s. Three of his richest films came during a dire period in French history: Remorques, starring Jean Gabin, was begun in 1939 but finished and released after Germany invaded France, and Lumière d’été and Le ciel est à vous were produced during the occupation. These are character-driven dramas that reveal either a society on the precipice of doom or people breaking free of societal limitations; humane, entertaining, and technically brilliant, they show Grémillon to be one of cinema’s true hidden masters.

Collector's Set Includes:
- Remorques (1941)
- Lumière d’été (1943)
- Le ciel est à vous (1944)

Criterion July Releases

Le Havre

Quote: Release Date: 31 July 2012
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: In this warmhearted comic yarn from Aki Kaurismäki, fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a kindly bohemian who shines shoes for a living, in the French harbor city Le Havre. With inborn optimism and the support of most of his tight-knit community, Marcel stands up to the officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past, especially the poetic realist works of Jean Duvivier and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight and one of the Finnish director’s finest films.

Disc Features
-New high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Aki Kaurismäki, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-New interview with actor André Wilms
-Cannes Film Festival press conference from 2011, featuring cast and crew
-French television interview with Kaurismäki, Wilms, and actors Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Kati Outinen
-Concert footage of Little Bob, the rock group featured in the film
-New English subtitle translation
-A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sicinski

Criterion July Releases

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