2013 is shaping up to be a promising year for those who like their classic and arthouse films loaded with extras and emblazoned with a sterling “C.” Titles like Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” (March 19th) and Robert Bresson’s “A Man Escaped” (March 26th) are among the notable highlights in the crop. Now, right after consuming your holiday plans with their limited free Hulu deal, Criterion has dropped the titles of their May slate.
First up, on May 7th, Godard’s “Band of Outsiders” gets the Blu-ray treatment, giving you the opportunity to swoon at Anna Karina in higher definition than ever before. May 14th is Delmer Daves week, with two of the prolific director’s Westerns getting the DVD and Blu-ray treatment: “3:10 to Yuma” (1957) and “Jubal” (1956). Both films feature Glenn Ford and probably range more towards the overlooked side of Hollywood westerns, the former less so due to it’s 2007 remake by James Mansgold starring Russell Crowe in the Glenn Ford role.
On May 21st legendary cinematographer (“Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?) and frequent documentarian Haskell Wexler has his first fiction film join the Criterion ranks. “Medium Cool,” starring Robert Forster, recreated and immortalized the 1968 DNC riots in Chicago just one year after they occured.
Finally, on May 28th, naturalistic auteur Mike Leigh gets the treatment on a third film (following the Criterion releases of “Naked” and “Topsy-Turvy), 1990’s “Life is Sweet,” starring Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent as the heads of a working class family in the northern London suburbs. The charming film’s release comes loaded with interviews and a brand new audio commentary from Leigh.
You can check out the full upcoming slate and get right down to pre-ordering your copies here.