The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents The Hourglass Sanatorium.
Wojciech Jerzy Has’s The Hourglass Sanatorium is a phantasmagorical journey through Polish history and the vanishing Jewish culture of Eastern Europe compliments of the Polish Film School’s most eccentric filmmaker. Józef (Jan Nowicki) travels to a dilapidated hospital where time can be reversed, allowing his dying father to remain in a state where his recovery is once again a possibility. Left to explore the sanatorium on his own, Józef traverses a dream-like voyage through surreal episodes connected to his childhood in search of transcendent knowledge and personal meaning. Rejected by authorities as critical of contemporary Poland, evoking images of the Holocaust during a period of anti-Semitic sentiment in the country, and smuggled into the 1973 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize, The Hourglass Sanatorium is a bravely hallucinatory mosaic of history, fantasy, and politics conjured from a dozen stories by the “Polish Kafka,” Galician writer Bruno Schulz.
- New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New introduction by filmmaker Martin Scorsese
- Visual essay by Holocaust scholar Leonard Orr
- New interview with film director Borys Lankosz on his mentor Wojciech Jerzy Has
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Rowena Santos Aquino
Posted in Criterion Collection, Fantasy, Film, Poland
Tagged 1970s, Adaptations, Cannes Winners, Color, Dreamscapes, Jan Nowicki, Novels on the Big Screen, Poland, Polish Film School, Political Cinema, Sanatorium pod klepsydra, The Hourglass Sanatorium, The Sandglass, Widescreen, Wojciech Jerzy Has
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Hud.
Paul Newman is Hud Bannon, the man with the barbed-wire soul, a charismatic hellion tearing through his small, Texas panhandle town in his pink Cadillac and seducing the local housewives. His reckless and unscrupulous behavior is tolerated by his principled father Homer (Melvyn Douglas) and their weary housekeeper Alma (Patricia Neal), and admired by his teenage nephew Lonnie (Brandon deWilde). When hoof-and-mouth disease threatens their entire herd, a bitter struggle ensues over control of the ranch and their livelihood with Lonnie in the middle. Garnering 7 Academy Award nominations and wins by actors Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas and cinematographer James Wong Howe, Hud is a beautifully stark depiction of generational conflict and an unforeseen measure of the changing culture in America.
- New 4K digital restoration, with monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- New interview with film critic Michael Mirasol about Hud
- Paul Newman: Actor in a Hurry, a 1964 episode of Hollywood and the Stars narrated by Joseph Cotten
- Claude, a tour of Hud‘s shooting location at Claude, Texas
- An Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story, the 1981 TV movie recounting Patricia Neal’s near-fatal stroke and recovery, starring Glenda Jackson and Dirk Bogarde
- Paul Newman’s 1956 appearance on I’ve Got a Secret and his 1959 appearance on What’s My Line?
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Margaret Pomeranz and curator Charles Silver, Pauline Kael’s essay “Hud, Deep in the Divided Heart of Hollywood,” and William Baer’s 2003 interview with screenwriters Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr.
Posted in Criterion Collection, Film, Hollywood, Television, USA, Western
Tagged 1960s, Adaptations, America America, Black and White, Black White and Wide, Bonus Features, Brandon deWilde, Dysfunctional Families, Edith Head, Elmer Bernstein, Growing Pains, James Wong Howe, Martin Ritt, Melvyn Douglas, New American Cinema, Novels on the Big Screen, Oscar Winners, Patricia Neal, Paul Newman, TV, United States, Westerns, Widescreen
“Certain to please Harry Potter fans and people-being-brutally-knocked-to-the-ground aficianados alike.” Johnathan Grey Carter, THE ESCAPIST.
On November 13 and 14, 2010, 46 colleges, 750 players, and 10,000 spectators descended on New York’s Dewitt Clinton Park for the 4th annual Quidditch World Cup, a real life version of the fictional game featured in the Harry Potter books. Larry O’Flahavan and Boxer Films came to capture the spirit of a game that is sweeping the world. Somewhere between live-action role-playing, dodgeball, rugby, and team handball is quidditch – a co-ed, contact sport attracting a diverse collection of fans and athletes united by a love of J. K. Rowling’s popular series and the spirit of competition and fair play. Brooms Up! tackles the unexpected intersect of sport and fan culture and lovingly examines the weird and wonderful world of this unique game. Your seat in the top box has been reserved.
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Posted in Documentary, Drafthouse Films, Film, Sports, USA
Tagged 2010s, Adaptations, Boxer Films, Brooms Up!, Color, Cut!, Documentaries, Drafthouse Films, Larry O'Flahavan, Little Something Extra, Short and Sweet, Sports, United States, Widescreen
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Minbo: The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion.
The upscale Hotel Europa wants to attract government meetings and international summits, but it is infested with gangsters who extort millions from it through cons, intimidation, and implied violence. Unable to tolerate the exploitation any more, the Hotel hires feisty attorney Mahiru Inoue (Nobuko Miyamoto) to advise the hotel’s inexperienced anti-yakuza task force, made up of a lowly accountant (Yasuo Daichi) and a bell boy (Takehiro Murata), and expel the gangsters once and for all. Jûzô Itami’s classic underdog story is a feel-good comedy gem and a brave statement against the semi-official corruption tolerated by the Japanese public, a message that would make the filmmaker himself a target of yakuza violence.
- New 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Introduction by Nobuko Miyamoto, star of Minbo and wife of filmmaker Jûzô Itami
- New interview with journalist Jake Adelstein on Minbo, the Japanese yakuza, and the death of Jûzô Itami
- Rubber Band Pistol, Itami’s debut short film
- Theatrical teasers and trailer
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Posted in Crime, Criterion Collection, Film, Funny, Japan
Tagged 1990s, Color, Comedies, Japan, Juzo Itami, Minbo no onna, Minbo: The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion, Nobuko Miyamoto, Super Cuts, Takehiro Murata, The Anti-Extortion Woman, Widescreen, Yakuza!, Yasuo Daichi
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Neil Young Trunk Show.
Filmed over two nights at the Tower Theater in 2007, Neil Young Trunk Show is director Jonathan Demme’s treatise on guitar rock – loud, electric, uncompromised. His subject, singer-songwriter Neil Young, performs largely rare and recent material with a force and presence undiminished by his nearly 50 year career, still rocking the free world at age 64. Bringing the viewer out of the audience and within the stage show, Trunk Show documents the trust and respect of Demme and Young’s more than 15 year relationship as collaborators and reveals the alchemical details of rock magic summoned through metal guitar strings, long takes, and the idiosyncrasies of Young’s voice. Turn up the volume for this one.
- Digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Declan Quinn and approved by director Jonathan Demme, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Introduction by singer-songwriter Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
- Demme on Young, Young on Trunk, a new video piece on the making of Neil Young Trunk Show featuring interviews with musician Neil Young and director Jonathan Demme
- Additional performances by Neil Young at the Tower Theater not included in the film
- Gallery of behind-the-scenes and productions photos
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS: A double-CD set with complete recordings of both performances at the Tower Theater, and a booklet featuring a new essay by music critic and historian Greil Marcus
Posted in Criterion Collection, Documentary, Film, Music, USA
Tagged 2000s, Color, Cut!, Documentaries, Great Performances, Great Soundtracks, Jonathan Demme, Neil Young, Portraits of the Artist, United States, Widescreen
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Ikarie XB 1.
Jindrich Polák’s pioneering feature Ikarie XB 1 is a of cornerstone of modern science fiction cinema. Based on Stanislaw Lem’s The Magellanic Cloud, this enigmatic film follows a crew of 22nd Century space explorers to their destination, the Alpha Centauri solar system, where they hope to make contact with extraterrestrial life. On their way, they struggle with the boredom of interstellar travel, meet the dangerous legacy of 20th Century Earth, and battle the effects of a Dark Star’s radiation. Punctuated by Zdenek Liška’s brashly electronic score and the careful compositions of cinematographers Jan Kalis and Sasa Rasilov, Ikarie XB 1 merges high concept and high art to produce a profoundly influential and highly atmospheric vision of space travel.
- New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Isolated score by Zdenek Liška
- New video tribute from director Ari Folman
- New interview with film critic Glenn Erickson comparing the film with its American-International cut, retitled Voyage to the End of the Universe
- Except from a documentary about Stanislaw Lem, the author of the film’s source novel
- Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by director Alex Cox, a 1998 interview with director Jindrich Polák by Czech science fiction magazine Ikarie, interviews with Polák’s wife Zuzana Polaková, assistant director Hynek Bocan, actor Radovan Lukavský, and Czech science fiction author and journalist Ondrej Neff.
Posted in Criterion Collection, Czechoslovakia, Film, Science Fiction
Tagged 1960s, Adaptations, Black and White, Black White and Wide, Cult Movies, Czechoslovakia, Ikarie XB 1, Jan Kalis, Jan Zazvorka, Jindrich Polak, Movies by Number, Novels on the Big Screen, Pavel Juracek, Radovan Lukavsky, Sasa Rasilov, Sci-Fi, Spectacular Set Design, Stanislaw Lem, The Magellanic Cloud, Voyage to the End of the Universe, Widescreen, Zdenek Liska, Zdenek Stepanek