The cover art may not be revealed but Moonstruck is coming to Criterion Collection this November and MMC! is here to take all the credit, having previously proposed the Norman Jewison film as a quasi-valentine to my lovely wife who rightfully adores the movie. Our MMC! edition bears a strong resemblance to the actual Criterion release just announced. Both versions port over the current Blu-ray’s special features, each leaving out the lamentable cooking and food featurette, and both include an interview specifically considering the significance of opera to the film. And so, as always … you’re welcome, cinephiles.
The rest of November’s Criterion slate looks solid with an Essential Fellini box set (More weird packaging!), Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Coolness!), Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (Meh!), and Claudia Weill’s Girlfriends (An MMC! favourite discovery from last year!).
And for those waiting for MMC!’s next proposal, a new imagined Criterion edition will arrive before the end of this week and it’ll be British, recent, and widely celebrated!
Shout! Factory’s Shout Select imprint is releasing some great titles but MMC! is particularly interested in a pair of recent announcements – James Foley’s Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and Keith Gordon’s A Midnight Clear (1992). Longtime MMC! readers may recall Criterion Collection proposals for A Midnight Clear in 2013 and Glengarry Glen Ross in 2016. In fairness to this blog, both proposals predated the launch of Shout Select in August 2016, and so we’ll claim innocence for getting the label wrong. (In fairness again, our Glengarry Glen Ross post even notes the connection between Westchester Films and Shout! Factory!)
Neither of these Shout Select announcements provide any details on their respective special features, simply providing the product note: “Extras in progress and will be announced at a later date.” The release for A Midnight Clear should pick up the existing commentary by Keith Gordon and Ethan Hawke, the A Winter’s War “making of” documentary, and the film’s deleted scenes. The previous DVD edition of Glengarry Glen Ross offered plenty of extra content including the ABC: Always Be Closing documentary, an audio commentary with James Foley, scenes with bonus commentaries, a tribute to Jack Lemmon, a short film, Kevin Spacey on Inside the Actor’s Studio, Jack Lemmon on The Charlie Rose Show, and interviews. Given the issues with Spacey and Rose that have since come to light, it’ll be interesting to see whether that content makes their way to the Shout Select release.
And, twice more, you’re welcome.
When Arrow Video announced its December 2018 release of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, MMC! refrained from claiming victory for its 2015 proposal. It was hoped that the UK only version described by the label would be quickly expanded into a North American release as well. It took more than a year but it’s finally happened and MMC! is here to swoop in an say (as the great Sam Ashurst might put it), “You’re welcome, dear sweet, precious Arrow-heads.”
I would certainly encourage readers to go back to that 2015 proposal as it is full of great links to commercials, shorts, specials, webisodes, and sit-com episodes featuring our beloved Mistress of the Dark. As well, Arrow Video’s full slate of April Release looks amazing, with a bounty of great titles friendly to Region A film fans. Arrow Video expands its release of John Hughes’s Sixteen Candles (1984) to North America, presumably putting an end to a potential Criterion Collection edition and that 2017 New Year’s drawing tease. Also coming from Arrow Video is Nico Mastorakis’ thriller The Wind (1986), Kirill Sokolov’s revenge-comedy Why Don’t You Just Die! (2018), and Solid Metal Nightmares, a lavish box set featuring eight films by Japanese cult master Shinya Tsukamoto! (Plus a rather sumptuous UK-only package for Lukas Feigelfeld’s Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse (2017).)
And for those wondering why MMC!’s next proposal for spine numbered greatness remains pending, my apologies. MMC! headquarters has been awash in family events and flu-like symptoms for much of January. Thinks are looking up and MMC! has in mind a fun, flashy film from Japan that build some great brand synergies with the addition of a wacky “C.” More on that soon!
The Criterion Collection’s February titles are up and things looks great with MMC!’s #5 film for 2018, Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, slated for a stacked release (that includes a kogonada video essay). Also announced are Jennie Livingston’s amazing drag doc Paris is Burning (1990), Pier Paolo Pasonini’s provocative Teorema (1969), and a Blu-grade of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s architectural exploration, Antonio Gaudí (1984), however February gets even better with the realization that yet another MMC!-proposed title is set to join the Criterion Collection and provide another glorious case of spine number wish fulfillment!
Released by the Criterion Collection under the title Invention for Destruction, Karel Zeman’s The Deadly Invention (1958) is packaged with Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955) and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962) under the collective title Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman. In this moment of self-congratulation, MMC! points out that we not only had this more than four and a half years ago, but also called the inclusion of Zeman’s short film Inspiration (1949), the particulars of the American release, appearances by Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam, and Czech documentaries on Zeman!
Once again, and always, you’re welcome, cinephiles!
John Cameron Mitchell hasn’t been the best about keeping a secret of the forthcoming Criterion edition of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, even announcing just recently that the film was slated for a summer release. Thankfully, and true to John’s word, that announcement came earlier today from the Criterion Collection. MMC! is happy to say we had this back in 2015, right down to the booklet essay by Stephanie Zacharek. The announcement promises “More!” disc features, so MMC! has fingers crossed that the Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig documentary and the Anatomy of a Scene featurette will also find their way to this edition.
June 2019 looks extremely solid with releases of the epic 7-hour War and Peace by Sergei Bondarchuk, Astaire and Rogers’ Swing Time, a Blugrade of the Ingmar Bergman Film Trilogy, and two early efforts by MMC! favourite Bruno Dumont. Thank goodness that earlier today Arrow Academy only announced a multi-region release of Carol Reed’s The Running Man and a Region 2 release of Jacques Tourneur’s Nightfall. Fiscal responsibility, homes!
We knew it was coming and today it was announced: Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd joins the Criterion Collection in April! MMC! imagined a Criterion edition of the film just one day shy of a year ago, although I must say that I think a few more extras might have been available looking back on our previous post. Still, I’m happy to take what I can get and glad to see this MMC! favourite in the Collection.
Those with more money burning a hole in their April 2019 pockets can pick up CC editions of Gillian Armstrong’s My Brilliant Career (1979), Jan Nemec’s Diamonds in the Night (1964), a set featuring Jackie Chan’s Police Story (1985) and Police Story 2 (1988), and blugrades of Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise (1984) and Night on Earth (1991)!