August 2013 Announcements

The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de . . . (Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay some debtd, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair. Ophuls’s adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin’s incisive fin de siècle novel employs to ravishing effect the elegant and precise camera work for which the director is so justly renowned. Spine #445

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholars Susan White and Gaylyn Studlar
  • Introduction by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Interviews with director Max Ophuls’s collaborators Alan Jessua, Marc Frédérix, and Annette Wademant
  • Visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher
  • Interview with writer Louise de Vilmorin about Ophuls’s adaptation of her novel
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell, an excerpt from costume designer Georges Annenkov’s 1962 book Max Ophuls, and Vilmorin’s 1951 source novel, Madame de

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February 2012 Announcements

It’s the 15th which means Criterion released a new month of releases. This time for February of 2012. The shortest month of the year gets a pretty hefty amount of releases.

A blu-grade of La Jetée/Sans Soleil is the first of the bunch. An interesting choice for an upgrade but none the less pretty awesome. Not big on how they call it a box set even though it’s on one disc. Continue reading

World on a Wire Confirmed for Criterion Release

In this Wall Street Journal article about the film, it is let loose what we all were already expecting, that Criterion will indeed release the  Rainer Werner Fassbinder
sci-fi film, World on a Wire.  No date is given except for it will be “after the theatrical run.”

If you can’t make it out to see it in theatre or can’t wait for the release you can view it on Criterion’s Hulu Plus site.