The Criterion Collection has announced that its December releases are set to include Martin Scorsese's "World Cinema Project," a box set containing six handpicked films from around the world that the famed director considers "precious to me"; Robert Altman's "Nashville"; Italian filmmaker Elio Petri's "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"; and a Blu-ray edition of the classic documentary "Grey Gardens."
Scorsese's "World Cinema Project" set includes the digitally restored films "Touki Bouki" (Senegal), "Redes" (Mexico), "A River Called Titas" (Bangladesh/India), "Dry Summer" (Turkey), "Trances" (Morocco) and "The Housemaid" (South Korea).
A landmark 1970s American tragic comedy and musical about the interconnected lives of 24 characters, Criterion's "Nashville" release will, in addition to dual Blu-ray and DVD formats, include a new documentary about the making of the film and archival interviews and audio commentary from Altman.
From filmmaking provocateur Petri, "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" will also get dual format DVD/Blu-ray release. The Oscar-winning film lingers between absurdity and realism in a Kafkaesque tale of a policeman (Gian Maria Volonté) who's investigating a terrible crime that he committed himself. The Criterion release will include interviews with Petri and composer Ennio Morricone, the 2005 doc "Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker" and more.