The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Children of Men.
No 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.
- 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
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Psycho.
Few films have been as maligned and misunderstood as Gus Van Sant’s near shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, however Van Sant’s retelling is a bold effort to restore Psycho to its filmic roots and a brash statement on authorship, Hollywood entertainment, and the changing nature of cinema. It is an unlikeliest of movies – a $60-million dollar, studio-funded, nationally-released, avant-garde film. Gathering around him an impressive cast and crew including Anne Heche, Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy, Philip Baker Hall, Robert Forster, cinematographer Christopher Doyle, title designer Pablo Ferro, original Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano, and composers Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek, and Wayne Horvitz, Van Sant takes on one of cinema’s great masterpieces and offers an unsettling opportunity to see Psycho for the first time once again.
- New 4K digital restoration approved by director Gus Van Sant and cinematographer Christopher Doyle, with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary with Van Sant and actors Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn
- New interviews with Van Sant, and actors Heche, Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortenson, William H. Macy, Philip Baker Hall, and Robert Forster
- Psycho Paths, a 30-minute documentary on the making of Van Sant’s Psycho
- Psycho Shampoo, Van Sant’s 1979 parody commercial appropriating Psycho‘s famous shower scene
- Punk Rock Psycho, a new interview with Van Sant and Mortenson on their considered follow-up remake of Psycho relocated to a punk rock setting
- Psychos, Steven Soderbergh’s feature-length mash-up of Hitchcock’s 1960 Psycho and Van Sant’s 1998 Psycho, with introduction by Soderbergh
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film scholars Stephen Jay Schneider, Donato Totaro, and Mark Carpenter
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents [Safe].
Julianne Moore is riveting in her first leading role as Carol White, a suburban housewife who begins exhibiting the symptoms of environmental illness. Timid and uncertain, White finds her body rejecting the socially and chemically induced artificiality of her San Fernando Valley life. When traditional medicine is unable to provide support and treatment to Carol’s diminishing health, she seeks assistance at Wrenwood, a new age facility devoted to treating immunity system deficiencies with its own set of rules and definitions. Todd Haynes’ [Safe] presents with Kubrickian detachment a dark and fearsome critique of consumer society and contemporary gender roles, as well as allegorical insight on gay existence in straight culture, particularly in the post-AIDS era. Mysterious, unforgiving, and devastating, [Safe] inverts the feel-good, “disease-of-the-week” TV movie format to become one of the great classics of 1990s cinema.
- New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Todd Hanyes, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary with Haynes, star Julianne Moore, and producer Christine Vachon
- White [Mater]ial, a new video piece by Amber Jacobs and Catherine Grant
- PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum and urban theorist Mike Davis and Alison Maclean’s 1995 interview with Todd Haynes.