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Criterion Announces August Titles, Almodóvar and Cuarón Films Included

Criterion Announces August Titles, Almodóvar and Cuarón Films Included

Criterion Collection has just got its hands on some awesome titles that will be released come August. Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón’s sexy coming of age road trip drama, “Y tu mamá también” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” are among the mix. Check out the full list with some of the perks being offered below (Descriptions provided by Criterion Collection).

“Love Streams” (1984)
Director: John Cassavetes
The electric filmmaking genius John Cassavetes (“Shadows”) and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands (“A Woman Under the Influence”) give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded characters who reunite after years apart. Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, “Love Streams” is a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling. This inquiry into the nature of love in all its forms was Cassavetes’s last truly personal work.

Special Features to look forward toNew audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura, New video essay on actor Gena Rowlands by film critic Sheila O’Malley, Interview from 2008 with actor Seymour Cassel

“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1990)
Director: Pedro Almod

Pedro Almodóvar’s colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome, “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” is a rambunctious dark comedy starring Antonio Banderas (“Philadelphia”) as an unbalanced but alluring former mental patient and Victoria Abril (“Kika”) as the B-movie and porn star he takes prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. A highly unconventional romance that came on the spike heels of Almodóvar’s international sensation “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” this is a splashy, sexy central work in the career of one of the world’s most beloved and provocative auteurs, radiantly shot by the director’s great cinematographer José Luis Alcaine (“Volver”).

Special Features to look forward to: New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and executive producer Agustín Almodóvar, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, New documentary on the making of the film including interviews with Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar; actors Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Loles Léon, Rossy de Palma, and Penélope Cruz; production manager Esther García; editor José Salcedo; and cinematographer José Luis Alcaine, Conversation from 2003 between Almodóvar and Banderas

“Y tu mamá también” (2001)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
The smash road comedy from the Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”) is that rare movie to combine raunchy subject matter and emotional warmth. Gael García Bernal (“Amores perros”) and Diego Luna (“Milk”) shot to international stardom as a pair of horny Mexico City teenagers from different classes who, after their girlfriends jet off to Italy for the summer, are bewitched by a gorgeous older Spanish woman (“Belle époque’s” Maribel Verdú) they meet at a wedding. When she agrees to accompany them on a trip to a faraway beach, the three form an increasingly intense and sensual alliance that ultimately strips them both physically and emotionally bare. Shot with elegance and dexterity by the great Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Tree of Life”), “Y tu mamá también” is a funny and moving look at human desire.

Special Features to look forward to: New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki and approved by director Alfonso Cuarón, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, “OnY tu mamá también’: Then and On ‘Y tu mamá también’: Now,” two new pieces on the making of the film, featuring interviews with actors Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdú; Cuarón; cowriter Carlos Cuarón; and Lubezki, On-set documentary from 2001

“All That Jazz” (1979)
Director: Bob Fosse
The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse (“Cabaret”) turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider (“Jaws”) gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie at night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ben Vereen, Leland Palmer, and the awesomely leggy Ann Reinking, “All That Jazz” pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.

Special Features to look forward to: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, Two audio commentaries: a feature-length one with editor Alan Heim and a scene-specific one with actor Roy Scheider, New interview with Heim

“Vengeance is Mine” (1979)
Director: Shohei Imamura
A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (“Mishima’s” Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura (“The Pornographers”) turns this fact-based story—about the seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family—into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive coexisting with the modern. More than just a true-crime tale, “Vengeance Is Mine” bares humanity’s snarling id.

Special Features to look forward to: Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack, Audio commentary from 2005 featuring critic Tony Rayns, Excerpts from a 1999 interview with director Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan

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