For September, the theme of the Criterion Collection’s slate seems to be actor Ingrid Bergman. Criterion will introduce the deluxe box set “3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman,” a trio of intensely dramatic collaborations between the game-changing Italian director and one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, who would later become his wife. The much-anticipated release features “Stromboli,” “Europe ’51,” and “Journey to Italy”: films that have never been available on DVD or Blu-ray in the US. They will soon be available with the trademark array of exciting extras.
Continuing the Bergman streak is the release of “Autumn Sonata,” the only film Bergman ever made with director Ingmar Bergman, now on DVD and Blu-ray.
Rounding out the crop of DVD and Blu-ray releases is “La Cage aux Folles,” the groundbreaking comedy that was ahead of its time, telling the story of a gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a drag club and agree to pretend to be straight when the conservative parents of their son’s fiancée drop by. The film spawned the popular American remake “The Birdcage,” as well as a Broadway musical.
Criterion will drop a new Blu-ray edition of “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold,” the tale of a Cold War spy on his final mission in East Germany, directed by Martin Ritt (“Hud”), from the best-selling novel by John le Carré. Richard Burton and Claire Bloom co-star in this tragic thriller suffused with Ritt’s characteristic social and political conscience.
Also coming to Blu-ray is “Slacker,” the seminal 90s indie from Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused”) which documents a day in the life of the Austin’s eccentric youth.
These films will drop in September, and you can pre-order your copies here.