The Criterion Collection Announces Its May Titles

The Criterion Collection has announced two new titles and three Blu-ray upgrades set for release in May. 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 Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson 1948 western classic Red River and Abbas Kiarostami’s 2012 drama Like Someone in Love while HD upgrades of earlier Criterion releases include Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole, Stuart Cooper’s Overlord and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (the only film left from the director that hasn’t been issued in HD).

Special features for the new releases are listed as follows:


– New 4K digital restoration of the rarely presented original theatrical release version, the preferred cut of director Howard Hawks, with monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

– 2K restoration of the longer version of Red River

– New interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about Red River and the two versions

– New interview with critic Molly Haskell about Hawks and Red River

– New interview with western scholar Lee Clark Mitchell about western genre literature

– Audio excerpts of a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich

– Excerpts from a 1970 audio interview with novelist and screenwriter Borden Chase

– More!

– PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O?Brien and a 1991 interview with Hawks?s longtime editor Christian Nyby; a new paperback edition of Chase?s original novel, previously out of print


– New 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director Abbas Kiarostami, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

– Forty-five-minute documentary on the making of the film

– Trailer

– New English subtitle translation

– PLUS: An essay by film scholar and critic Nico Baumbach


– New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Wes Anderson, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

– Commentary by Anderson and cowriter Noah Baumbach

– New interviews with actors Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum

– This Is an Adventure, a documentary by Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing chronicling the production of the movie

Mondo Monda, an Italian talk show featuring an interview with Anderson and Baumbach, hosted by Antonio Monda

– Interview with composer and Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh

– Ten performances of David Bowie songs in Portuguese by Brazilian recording artist and actor Seu Jorge

– Intern video journal by actor Matthew Gray Gubler

– Multiple interviews with the cast and crew, featuring behind-the-scenes footage

– Making-of featurette

– Nine deleted scenes

– Behind-the-scenes photos and original artwork from the film

– Trailer

– PLUS: An insert featuring a cutaway view of The Belafonte, the ship from the film, Eric Anderson?s original illustrations, and a conversation between Wes and Eric conducted in 2005


– Restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

– Audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard

– Portrait of a ?60% Perfect Man?: Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment

– Interview with actor Kirk Douglas from 1984

– Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute

– Excerpts from an audio interview with Wilder?s coscreenwriter Walter Newman

– Video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee

– Stills gallery

– Trailer

– PLUS: Essays by critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin


– Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Stuart Cooper, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

– Audio commentary featuring Cooper and actor Brian Stirner

– Mining the Archive, a 2007 video piece featuring archivists from London?s Imperial War Museum detailing the footage used in the film

– Capa Influences Cooper, a 2007 photo essay featuring Cooper on photographer Robert Capa

– Cameramen at War, the British Ministry of Information?s 1943 film tribute to newsreel and service film unit cameramen

– A Test of Violence, Cooper?s 1969 short film about the Spanish artist Juan Genovés

– Germany Calling, a 1941 Ministry of Information propaganda film, clips of which appear in Overlord

– Excerpts from the journals of two D-day soldiers, read by Stirner

– Trailer

– PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones, a short history of the Imperial War Museum, and excerpts from the Overlord novelization by Cooper and Christopher Hudson


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