1957 film “A Face in the Crowd” with Andy Griffith comes to Blu-ray in April

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1957 film A Face in the Crowd starring Andy Griffith is coming to Blu-ray Disc on April 23rd, via The Criterion Collection. The film, directed by Elia Kazan, co-starred Patricia NealAnthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Percy Waram, and Paul McGrath. The technical specs for the release include 1080p Black & White video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio that comes from a new 4K scan with Mono uncompressed sound. The release is available for pre-order now over at Amazon and directly through Criterion. Bonus materials and information regarding this release can be found below.

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Ron Briley, author of The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan
  • New interview with Andy Griffith biographer Evan Dalton Smith
  • Facing the Past, a 2005 documentary featuring actors Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa; screenwriter Budd Schulberg; and film scholars Leo Braudy and Jeff Young
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic April Wolfe and a 1957 New York Times Magazine profile of Andy Griffith
  • New cover by Marc Aspinall

1978 Robert Zemeckis film “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” on Criterion Blu-ray in March

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The 1978 Robert Zemeckis directed film I Wanna Hold Your Hand is finally getting a Blu-ray Disc release on March 26th, via The Criterion Collection. The film, co-wrote by Bob Gale and produced by Steven Spielberg, featured a story involving teenagers traveling to see the legendary performance by The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” taping. The cast included Nancy AllenBobby Di CiccoMarc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman, Theresa Saldana, Wendie Jo Sperber, and Eddie Deezen.

The film has received a new 4K restoration, that was approved by both the director (Zemeckis) and co-writer (Bob Gale). Tech specs include 1080p in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The title on Blu-ray is available to pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials (and specific details regarding the restoration) are listed below.

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Robert Zemeckis and cowriter Bob Gale, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation among Zemeckis, Gale, and executive producer Steven Spielberg
  • New interview with actors Nancy Allen and Marc McClure
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Zemeckis and Gale
  • The Lift (1972) and A Field of Honor (1973), two early short films by Zemeckis
  • Trailer and radio spots
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias
  • New cover by Manansseh Johnson

1967 film “In the Heat of the Night” gets a Criterion Blu-ray release in January

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The 1967 Norman Jewison directed film In the Heat of the Night starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger is getting a Blu-ray Disc release from The Criterion Collection on January 29th, 2019. The film won a total of FIVE Academy Awards, and was previously released on the format in 2014 by MGM. Tech specs for the release include 1080p HD video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio from a brand new 4K restoration with uncompressed Mono sound. The Criterion Blu-ray is already available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and directly via Criterion. There are several New bonus materials set to be included on the release, which are listed below along with info regarding the new restoration and sound.

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

  • New Interview with director Norman Jewison
  • New Interview with actor Lee Grant
  • New Interview with Aram Goudsouzian, author of Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Jewison, Grant, actor Rod Steiger, and cinematographer Haskell Wexler
  • Turning Up the Heat: Movie-Making in the ’60s, a 2008 program about the production of the film and its legacy, featuring Jewison, Wexler, producer Walter Mirisch, and filmmakers John Singleton and Reginald Hudlin
  • Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound, a 2008 program about Jones’s innovative soundtrack, including its title song sung by Ray Charles, featuring interviews with Jones, lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and musician Herbie Hancock
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic K. Austin Collins
  • New cover by Sean Phillips

Hitchcock’s 1942 film “Notorious” gets a Criterion Collection Blu-ray in January

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The 1942 Alfred Hitchcock directed film Notorious starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman is getting released on Blu-ray Disc by The Criterion Collection on January 15th, 2019. The film had previously been released on the format by MGM back in 2012, but it’s now getting re-released because it has received a New 4K restoration. The tech specs for the release include 1080p HD Black & White video in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with an uncompressed Mono sound mix. The Criterion Collection version Blu-ray is available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon and directly via Criterion. There are several New bonus materials set to be included on this release and the complete list can be found below, along with details about the restoration.

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

  • Audio commentaries from 1990 and 2001 featuring Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • New interview with Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto
  • New program about the film’s visuals with cinematographer John Bailey
  • New scene analysis by film scholar David Bordwell
  • Once Upon a Time . . . “Notorious,” a 2009 documentary about the film featuring actor Isabella Rossellini; filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, Claude Chabrol, and Stephen Frears; and others
  • New program about Hitchcock’s storyboarding and previsualization process by filmmaker Daniel Raim
  • 1948 newsreel footage of actor Ingrid Bergman and Hitchcock
  • 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Notorious, starring Bergman and Joseph Cotten
  • Trailers and teasers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Angelica Jade Bastién
  • New cover by Greg Ruth