By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire June 26, 2012 at 11:01AM
#3. "Deliverance: 40th Anniversary Edition"
John Boorman's harrowing outdoors thriller "Deliverance" gets the definitive Blu-ray treatment for its 40th anniversary. To this day it still remains as shocking as ever. Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox play four friends who venture off the remote North Georgian wildness to canoe the Cahulawassee River before its flooded by the construction of an incoming dam. Their holiday takes a turn for the ugly when two locals take advantage of one the crew.
Go HERE for our interview with Cox, timed to the anniversary.
Extras: The disc comes housed in a sturdy matte-finish Digibook with 42 pages of behind-the-scenes photos, essays, cast bios and quotes. Included on the disc itself is a 30-minute documentary, titled "Deliverance: The Cast Remembers"; feature-length audio commentary by Boorman; a four-part retrospective documentary that clocks in at just under an hour; a vintage promotional piece; and the film's theatrical trailer.
#4. "The Artist"
Last year's beloved black-and-white love letter to the silent era is finally available for purchase via The Weinstein Company, who worked hard to snag the film its multiple Oscar wins. Academy Award-winner Jean Dujardin stars as George Valentin, a silent movie star, who struggles to stay relevant in Hollywood with the arrival talking pictures.
"The real star of the show is director of photography Guillaume Shiffman," wrote Kohn in his review. "Shooting in a 1.33 ratio and imitating the complex grey scales of innumerable silent traditions--from German Expressionism to the shadowy American noirs that came out of it--Shiffman provides the foundation for the movie's appeal."
Extras: A two-minute long blooper reel; "The Artist: The Making of an American Romance," which delves into the production; a 45-minute Q&A with the filmmakers and cast; a five-minute rundown of the shooting locations titled "Hollywood As Character: The Locations of the Artist"; "The Artisans Behind the Artist," a featurette that delves into the film's production design; and trailers for other Weinstein releases.
#5. "The 39 Steps (Criterion Collection)"
One of Alfred Hitchcock's cleverest and downright entertaining film, "The 39 Steps," gets a glossy makeover thanks to the folks over at The Criterion Collection. The spy story, adapted from a novel by John Buchan, follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that takes him on a chase across the Scottish moors. He also finds time for a little romance with the cool and reserved Pamela (Madeline Carroll).
Extras: Audio commentary by Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane' "Hitchcock: The Early Years" (2000), a British documentary covering the director’s prewar career; original footage from British broadcaster Mike Scott’s 1966 television interview with Hitchcock; complete broadcast of the 1937 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, starring Ida Lupino and Robert Montgomery; new visual essay by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff; audio excerpts from François Truffaut’s 1962 interviews with Hitchcock; original production design drawings; plus a booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Cairn.