Hellman, HItchcock And Wenders Highlight Criterion’s January Releases

Criterion has announced the four titles that they will be releasing in the first month of the new year and they range from Hitchcock to exploitation to an Academy Award winner to films from German and Russian masters of cinema. While I can honestly say that not every Criterion release is to my personal taste, January looks like a big month for my wallet in terms of what the botique label is putting out. Check it out –

Two-Lane Blacktop (Criterion Blu-Ray)
Monte Hellman
1971 • 103 minutes • 2.35:1 • United States
Spine: #414 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray

With its gorgeous widescreen compositions and sophisticated look at American male obsession, this stripped-down narrative from maverick director Monte Hellman is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.
8 Jan 2013

The Tin Drum (Criterion Blu-Ray)
Volker Schlöndorff
1979 • 163 minutes • 1.77:1 • Germany
Spine: #234 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray

The Tin Drum, is a visionary adaptation from Volker Schlöndorff of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.
15 Jan 2013

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Blu-Ray)
Alfred Hitchcock
1934 • 75 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #643 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray

This fleet and gripping early thriller from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, was the first film the director made after signing to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.
15 Jan 2013

Pina (Criterion Blu-Ray)
Wim Wenders
2011 • 103 minutes • 1.85:1 • Germany
Spine: #644 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray

The boundless imagination and physical marvels of the work of the German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch leap off the screen in this exuberant tribute by Wim Wenders.
22 Jan 2013

Ivan’s Childhood (Criterion Blu-Ray)
Andrei Tarkovsky
1962 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • Soviet Union
Spine: #397 Editions: DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu Plus, iTunes

The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
22 Jan 2013

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FilmEksis
October 15, 2012 6:02 pm

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