The Criterion Collection announced yesterday their September new releases, consisting of four brand-new titles and one Blu-ray update.
American artist David Lynch finally joins the collection, as many film aficionados have been hoping for years. Lynch's debut feature, Eraserhead, is getting the Criterion treatment, with a Blu-ray and a DVD edition coming (there will be no dual format in September). In terms of extras, Eraserhead will come together with the making-of documentary Eraserhead Stories, six Lynch short films (all of them previously released on the "The Short Films of David Lynch" DVD), and both new and archival interviews.
Two Criterion favorites are part of September's lineup also. I'm talking about Roman Polanski and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who in conjunct have now almost twenty films in the collection. Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul gets the Blu-ray update, after being released on Criterion DVD back in 2003. On the other hand, Polanski's William Shakespeare adaptation, 1971's Macbeth, is set to hit stores for the first time under the Criterion label.
The other brand-new titles are two black-and-white films from the early sixties: the British/American The Innocents (1961) and the French Sundays and Cybèle (1962). The first one is Jack Clayton's classic, co-written by Truman Capote, and considered by Martin Scorsese as one of the scariest horror movies of all time. The latter is Serge Bourguignon's drama, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Details of each September release are displayed in the gallery below.
Eraserhead (David Lynch, US, 1977)
Disc Features (Spine #725):
*New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
*“Eraserhead” Stories, a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film
*New high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2 (1974), and Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1996), all with video introductions by Lynch
*New and archival interviews with cast and crew
Release date: 16 Sep 2014