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‘Harold & Maude’ Leads Criterion’s April Slate Of New Releases

'Harold & Maude' Leads Criterion's April Slate Of New Releases

April come she will, and for Criterion, that means finally getting Hal Ashby‘s sophomore film into the collection.

The boutique label has unveiled their slate, and as hinted at in their New Year’s teaser “Harold & Maude” has now been given the wacky C. If you haven’t seen Hal Ashby’s classic cult film, then we’re kind of jealous; we’d love to relive the experience of seeing it for the first time. But it has influenced a host of filmmakers and is pretty much a must-see if you consider yourself a movie fan. It centers around a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) and his friendship with an eighty (or so)-year-old woman (Ruth Gordon), and that’s all we’ll say, except that also, the soundtrack by Cat Stevens is one of the greats. The new edition will boast a commentary from Ashby’s biographer and the film’s producer, an interview with Yusuf Islam and the whole thing will get rounded out with some essays. And that cover rules.

But don’t worry obscure/foreign film heads, you will be well served too. Avant-garde filmmaker Hollis Frampton gets collected on “A Hollis Frampton Odyssey” bringing together 24 of his films from 1966-1979. Robert M. Young‘s inaugural Cannes Camera d’Or-winning “¡Alambrista!” gets a spit-shine, telling the gritty story of a Mexican farmworker who sneaks across the border to California to earn money for his family. This set will be rounded out by Young’s short documentary, “Children Of The Field.” Keeping with the worker spirit will be “The Organizer” by Mario Monicelli, telling the tale of factory workers in Turin who strike and find an unexpected sympathizer in a professor played Marcello Mastrioanni.

Meanwhile, the Eclipse line will drop “Pearls Of The Czech New Wave,” a boxset featuring six films from 1960s Czech cinema. Finally, Yasujiro Ozu‘s classic “Late Spring” goes hi-def with a Blu upgrade.

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I wish Criterion would release the original version of "The Heartbreak Kid" with Charles Grodin and Cybil Shepherd. One of the best romantic comedies ever made. And virtually no one my age (20s) has ever seen it.


Is that Jordan Crane on the Harold and Maude cover?


"I contacted a higher-up at Warner Brothers regarding the re-release of Badlands (will WB release it, or Criterion), and his response is this: 'It most likely will be released by Criterion.'"

While this news is vague and from an anonymous source, I don't think the guy at the Mailck blog would make it up. There have been a few instances like this that suggest Criterion will eventually release Badlands. I think for a title like this Criterion might want it to be a big 'surprise' and not tease it at all, sort of like 12 Angry Men last year.


I'm still waiting for any news about Badlands.
And with the mention of Harold and Maude now, i'm hoping they give the same justice to The Landlord, The Last Detail and Shampoo.

James D.

Every month I look for more Satyajit Ray, and every month I am disappointed. Is it a copyright issue? Surely the Apu Trilogy is as prestigious as such Criterion masterpieces as Revanche and Tiny Furniture.


Awesome news and all but Criterion keeps on avoiding the issue, namely, when are we gonna get A New Leaf and Mickey and Nicky? Surely those two films are worthy of the Criterion treatment?


Excellent! I was hoping for a "Ruth Gordon at Paramount" Criterion double feature, with HAROLD & MAUDE and ROSEMARY'S BABY released in the same month, but with Paramount finally announcing CHINATOWN on Blu, hopefully they'll do their own Blu of ROSEMARY soon.

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