#4. "Following" (Criterion Collection)
"The Dark Knight" auteur Christopher Nolan joins the Criterion Collection's roster of directorial heavyweights this holiday season, as the highbrow label releases Nolan's 1990 black-and-white, 16mm debut "Following" on Blu-ray and DVD. Calling to mind the twisty narrative of his own "Memento," "Following" is the fragmented tale of an unemployed young writer who stalks strangers throughout London, hoping they will help inspire his writing. He gets inspiration and a whole lot more when one of his subjects leads him down a criminal path the writer didn't see coming.
Extras: Audio commentary by Nolan; a new interview with Nolan; a chronological edit of the film; a side-by-side comparison of the shooting script with three scenes from the film; "Dodlebug" (1997), a three-minute film by Nolan, starring "Following"’s Jeremy Theobald; trailers; plus an essay by film critic and programmer Scott Foundas.
#5. "The Qatsi Trilogy" (Criterion Collection)
Extras: "Essence of Life," an interview program with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on Koyaanisqatsi; new interview with cinematographer Ron Fricke about Koyaanisqatsi; television spots and a new interview with Reggio relating to his 1970s multimedia privacy campaign in New Mexico; early forty-minute demo version of Koyaanisqatsi with a partial scratch soundtrack featuring poet Allen Ginsberg, along with a new introduction by Reggio; a new interview with Reggio about Koyaanisqatsi’s original visual concept, with behind-the-scenes footage; "Impact of Progress," an interview program with Reggio and Glass on their collaboration; "Inspiration and Ideas," a new interview with Reggio about his greatest influences and teachers; public television interview with Reggio from 1989 about the trilogy; "Anima Mundi" (1992), Reggio’s twenty-eight-minute montage of footage of over seventy animal species, scored by Glass; a new video afterword by Reggio on the trilogy; "The Making of Naqoyqatsi," a brief documentary featuring interviews with the production crew; a panel discussion on "Naqoyqatsi" from 2003, with Reggio, Glass, editor Jon Kane, and music critic John Rockwell; an interview with Glass and cellist Yo-Yo Ma; trailers; plus a booklet featuring essays by film scholar Scott MacDonald, Rockwell, and author and environmentalist Bill McKibben.