The Criterion Collection has announced two new titles and four Blu-ray upgrades set for release in June. Check out the new cover art along with a full list of extra features for each in the gallery viewer below!
Debuting in the collection are both Richard Lester's iconic Beatles film A Hard Day's Night
and Georges Franju's 1963 adaptation of the pulp hero Judex
. Upgrading to Blu-ray are Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows
, Michelangelo Antonioni's L'eclisse
, Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock
and Peter Davis's documentary Hearts and Minds
, returning to the collection after years of being out of print.
Special features for the new releases are listed as follows:
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
- New 4K digital film restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with two audio options—a monaural soundtrack and a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records—presented in uncompressed monaural and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring various members of the film’s cast and crew
-"In Their Own Voices," a new piece combining interviews with the Beatles from 1964 with behind-the-scenes footage and photos
- "You Can’t Do That: The Making of 'A Hard Day’s Night,'" a 1994 documentary program by producer Walter Shenson
- "Things They Said Today," a 2002 documentary about the film featuring Lester, music producer George Martin, writer Alun Owen, cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, and others
- New piece about Lester’s early work, featuring a new audio interview with the director
- "The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film" (1959), Lester’s Oscar-nominated short featuring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan
- "Anatomy of a Style,: a new piece on Lester’s approach to editing
New interview with Mark Lewisohn, author of "Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years — Volume One"
- Deleted scene
- One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton
ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS
- New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring John Mercer, coauthor of "Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility," and film scholar Tamar Jeffers-McDonald
- "Rock Hudson’s Home Movies" (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport
- French television interview with Sirk from 1982
- Excerpts from "Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk," a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director
- "Contract Kid: William Reynolds" on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including "All That Heaven Allows"
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on Sirk
- New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary by film scholar Richard Peña, former program director of New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center
- "Michelangelo Antonioni: The Eye That Changed Cinema" (2001), a fifty-six-minute documentary exploring the director’s life and career
- "Elements of Landscape," a twenty-two-minute piece from 2005 about Antonioni and L’eclisse, featuring Italian film critic Adriano Aprà and longtime Antonioni friend Carlo di Carlo
New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Jonathan Rosenbaum and Gilberto Perez, as well as excerpts from Antonioni’s writing about his work
HEARTS AND MINDS
- High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Peter Davis and cinematographer Richard Pearce, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring Davis
- A collection of over two hours of never-before-seen outtakes from the film, including interviews with presidential adviser George Ball, broadcast journalist David Brinkley, French journalist and historian Philippe Devillers, political activist Tony Russo, and General William Westmoreland
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Davis, film critic Judith Crist, and historians Robert K. Brigham, George C. Herring, and Ngo Vinh Long
- New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Interview from 2007 with the film’s cowriter Jacques Champreux, the grandson of Louis Feuillade, cocreator of the silent serial "Judex"
- Interview from 2012 with actor Francine Bergé
Franju le visionnaire, a fifty-minute program from 1998 on director Franju’s career and imagination
- New English subtitle translation
- One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Geoffrey O’Brien, along with reprinted writings by and excerpted interviews with Franju
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
- Remastered high-definition digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Peter Weir, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Extended interview with Weir
- New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2003 with executive producer Patricia Lovell, producers Hal McElroy and Jim McElroy, and cast members
- New introduction by film scholar David Thomson, author of "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film"
- "A Recollection . . . Hanging Rock 1900" (1975), an on-set documentary hosted by Lovell and featuring interviews with Weir, actor Rachel Roberts, and source novel author Joan Lindsay
- "Homesdale" (1971), an award-winning black comedy by Weir
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Megan Abbott and an excerpt from film critic Marek Haltof’s 1996 book "Peter Weir: When Cultures Collide"; a new paperback edition of Lindsay’s original novel, previously out of print in the U.S.