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Criterion has announced their releases for the month of November. This also marks the first month that they will be offerering combo packs isntead of separate Blu-ray and DVD releases.

Frances Ha


Quote: Release Date: 12 November 2013
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: Greta Gerwig is radiant as a woman in her late twenties in contemporary New York, trying to sort out her ambitions, her finances, and, above all, her tight but changing bond with her best friend, Sophie (Mickey Sumner). Meticulously directed by Noah Baumbach with a free-and-easy vibe reminiscent of the French New Wave’s most spirited films, and written by Baumbach and Gerwig with an effortless combination of sweetness and wit, Frances Ha gets at both the frustrations and the joys of being young and unsure of where to go next. This wry and sparkling city romance is a testament to the ongoing vitality of independent American cinema.

Disc Features
-New high-definition digital master, with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio on the Blu-ray
-New conversation between filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and the film’s cowriter and director, Noah Baumbach
-New conversation between actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley and the film’s cowriter and star, Greta Gerwig
-New conversation about the look of the film between Baumbach, director of photography Sam Levy, and creative director Pascal Dangin
-Trailer
-A booklet featuring an essay by playwright Annie Baker

Criterion November Releases

City Lights


Quote: Release Date: 12 November 2013
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: The most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical Virginia Cherrill) and mistakes him for a millionaire. Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form. The result was the epitome of his art and the crowning achievement of silent comedy.

Disc Features
-New, restored 4K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
-New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance
- Chaplin Today: “City Lights,” a 2003 documentary on the film’s production, featuring Aardman Animations cofounder Peter Lord
- Chaplin Studios: Creative Freedom by Design, a new interview program featuring visual effects expert Craig Barron
-Archival footage from the production of City Lights, including film from the set, with audio commentary by Chaplin historian Hooman Mehran; a costume test; a rehearsal; and a complete scene not used in the film
-Excerpt from Chaplin’s short film The Champion (1915), along with footage of the director with boxing stars at Chaplin Studios in 1918
-Trailers
-A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins and a 1966 interview with Chaplin

Criterion November Releases

Tokyo Story


Quote: Release Date: 19 November 2013
SRP: $39.95

Synopsis: A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple as they leave their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring themes of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces.

Disc Features
-New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
-Audio commentary featuring Yasujiro Ozu scholar David Desser, editor of Ozu’s “Tokyo Story”
- I Lived, But . . . , a two-hour documentary from 1953 about Ozu’s life and career, featuring interviews with critics and former cast and crew members
- Talking with Ozu, a forty-minute tribute to the director from 1993, featuring the reflections of filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader, and Wim Wenders
-Trailer
-New English subtitle translation
-A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Bordwell

Criterion November Releases

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman


Quote: Release Date: 26 November 2013
SRP: $224.95

Synopsis: The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy Shintaro Katsu became an instant superstar, lending a larger-than-life presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who lives staunchly by a code of honor and delivers justice in every town and village he enters. The films that feature him are variously pulse-pounding, hilarious, stirring, and completely off-the-wall. This deluxe set features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time.

Collector's Set Includes:
THE TALE OF ZATOICHI (1962)
THE TALE OF ZATOICHI CONTINUES (1962)
NEW TALE OF ZATOICHI (1963)
ZATOICHI THE FUGITIVE (1963)
ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD (1963)
ZATOICHI AND THE CHEST OF GOLD (1964)
ZATOICHI'S FLASHING SWORD (1964)
FIGHT, ZATOICHI, FIGHT (1964)
ADVENTURES OF ZATOICHI (1964)
ZATOICHI'S REVENGE (1965)
ZATOICHI AND THE DOOMED MAN (1965)
ZATOICHI AND THE CHESS EXPERT (1965)
ZATOICHI'S VENGEANCE (1966)
ZATOICHI'S PILGRIMAGE (1966)
ZATOICHI'S CANE SWORD (1967)
ZATOICHI THE OUTLAW (1967)
ZATOICHI CHALLENGED (1967)
ZATOICHI AND THE FUGITIVES (1968)
SAMARITAN ZATOICHI (1968)
ZATOICHI MEETS YOJIMBO (1970)
ZATOICHI GOES TO THE FIRE FESTIVAL (1970)
ZATOICHI MEETS THE ONE-ARMED SWORDMAN (1971)
ZATOICHI AT LARGE (1972)
ZATOICHI IN DESPERATION (1972)
ZATOICHI’S CONSPIRACY (1973)

Disc Features
-New digital restorations of all twenty-five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
- The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan
-New interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
-Trailers for all twenty-five films
-New English subtitle translations
-A book featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien; synopses of the films by critic, novelist, and musician Chris D.; “The Tale of Zatoichi,” the original short story by Kan Shimozawa; and twenty-five new illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists

Criterion November Releases

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