Criterion To Release ERASERHEAD, THE INNOCENTS, And More In September

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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

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kosisJune 17, 2014 8:17 PM

Criterion, please swoop in and release a proper Mulholland Drive blu-ray. Do whatever it takes.

TheAngryInternetJune 18, 2014 2:13 AM

There are pretty solid indications it's on the way. Last year some uploads of the film on Youtube were removed and "Universal/Criterion Collection" was listed as the copyright holder. Criterion has also blogged/reblogged stuff about the film on their various social media accounts, which isn't a smoking gun in and of itself but could be taken as corroborating evidence. The fact that the Dumbland shorts aren't included on the Eraserhead disc (even though they're available on Criterion's Hulu channel) strikes me as another hint Mulholland Drive is coming, since Dumbland was made around the same time and I can see it being included as an extra.

The RisingJune 18, 2014 12:30 PM

There is a French Blu-Ray available. I imported it, ripped it, removed the French subtitles and burned my own copy. Yes, I still have the French disc, so it's perfectly legal. It looks good and sounds amazing. I do think the transfer can be improved, but this would mean a brand new scan of the negative and less noise reduction (what I call grain rape). Scanning a 2.5 hour film and doing it right is expensive.