Our Friends in the North (Simon Cellan Jones, Pedr James, and Stuart Urban, 1996)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Our Friends in the North.

criterion logoBased on Peter Flannery’s 1982 stage-play, this award-winning BBC mini-series charts the lives of four friends from Newcastle over four decades – Nicky, a radical socialist preoccupied with the class struggle; Tosker, a cocky young man with dreams of celebrity and success; Mary, who struggles with the pressures of marriage and motherhood while pursuing her own professional ambitions; and Geordie, a troubled young man who flees his hometown for London. Over its nine episodes, Our Friends in the North traces the fortunes of an ever-changing England through the break-out performances of Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong, Gina McKee, and Daniel Craig. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this sprawling milestone in British drama for the first time ever in North America.

Disc Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview with Christopher Eccleston and Gina McKee
  • Retrospective with Peter Flannery, producer Charlie Pattison, executive producer Michael Wearing, and directors Pedr James and Simon Cellan Jones
  • New interviews with Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Mark Strong, and Daniel Craig
  • Visual essay by playwright Michael Eaton
  • Complete soundtrack listing with chart history
  • Precis and color stills of the original first episode
  • TV spots
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film scholar Marcus Hearn and television scholar Robin Nelson

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Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Children of Men.

criterion logoNo children.  No future.  No hope.  In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo Faron (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover Julian (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of Britain as quickly as possible.  In a thrilling race against time, Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for.  Employing stunningly long takes filmed by the great Emmanuel Lubezki, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men presents a politically charged, near-future dystopia that is all too recognizable from the present day.

Disc Features:

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and approved by director Alfonso Cuarón, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • A new piece on the making of Children of Men, featuring new interviews with actors Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Clare-Hope Ashitey, co-writer Timothy J. Sexton, Cuarón, and Lubezki
  • The Possibility of Hope, Cuarón’s 27-minute documentary on the issues and theories behind Children of Men
  • Comments by Slavoj Zizek, an extended interview on the film and its adaptation from P. D. James’s novel
  • Theo and Julian, interviews with Clive Owen and Julianne on the development of their characters
  • Under Attack, a behind-the-scenes look at shooting the film’s complicated action sequences
  • Futuristic Design, a review of Children of Men‘s outstanding art direction and world-building
  • Visual Effects: Creating the Baby, an examination of the film’s digital effects
  • A new video piece with scholar James Udden on Children of Men and the long take
  • Quietus “You Decide When” commercial
  • Deleted scenes
  • Gallery of production photos, posters, and promotional art
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring extensive production design artwork, Zizek’s essay “The Clash of Civilizations at the End of History,” and a new essay by film critic Charles Taylor

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Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass, 2002)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Bloody Sunday.

criterion logoWith breathtaking verisimilitude and startling immediacy, Bloody Sunday re-creates Northern Ireland’s most controversial contemporary tragedy.  Director Paul Greengrass presents the events of January 30, 1972, in convincing verité fashion, based on Don Mullan’s influential account Eyewitness Bloody Sunday.  Civil rights leader and Member of Parliament Ivan Cooper (James Nesbitt) leads a tense march through Derry’s Catholic “bogside” community protesting the British practice of internment without trial.  He watches in horror when his peaceful march splinters and unarmed protesters are gunned down by British paramilitary soldiers.  Told from the perspectives of both the civil rights movement and the military authorities, Bloody Sunday commemorates the 30th anniversary of the massacre at Derry and offers a cathartic statement on its long contested history.

Disc Features:

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director Paul Greengrass, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring writer/director Paul Greengrass and actor James Nesbitt
  • Audio commentary featuring co-producer Don Mullan, author of Eyewitness Bloody Sunday
  • History Retold, interviews with cast and crew
  • Ivan Cooper Remembers, interview with Ivan Cooper and James Nesbitt on location in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Q&A session at London’s Curzon Cinema, with Paul Greengrass and James Nesbitt
  • New interviews with Irish rock band U2 and producer Steve Lillywhite on Bloody Sunday, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the song “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  • Inside Story Special: Remember Bloody Sunday, a 1992 BBC 50-minute documentary special on Bloody Sunday
  • Blood Sunday – A Derry Diary, Margo Harkin’s 85-minute documentary following the course of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry from the perspective of the victims’ families
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS:  A booklet featuring new essays by actor James Nesbitt and film scholar Duncan Greenlaw

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