Here’s a riddle for you: what do Michelangelo Antonioni, Terry Gilliam, Kihachi Okamoto, and Todd Haynes all have in common? Answer: each has at least one film among Criterion’s slate of upcoming releases due in the next few months. And they’re not the only ones, with the boutique label serving up batch of titles in February that should make cinephiles quite happy.
A gloriously restored edition of Nicolas Roeg‘s “Don’t Look Now” is on the way: the Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie starring classic will come packaged with three documentaries, including the brand new “Nicolas Roeg: The Enigma of Film,”which features insights from Danny Boyle and Steven Soderbergh. The film has been restored in 4K for maximum eyeball pleasure.
Speaking of which, Federico Fellini‘s “Satyricon” will get deluxe treatment, with archival and vintage bonus material, an audio commentary, an essay and more.
Also on the auteur front, Jean Renoir‘s “A Day In The Country,” might seem like an odd choice for a standalone title, given it only runs 40 minutes. But note that the black-and-white film will come with 89 minutes of outtakes, plus interviews and more.
Jean Luc-Godard‘s ’80s output is perhaps less well-known than his New Wave era efforts, so there’s no better place to start than with than “Every Man For Himself.” The 1980 film will come packaged with extras including the two shorts “Le scénario” and “Godard 1980,” along with his appearances on “The Dick Cavett Show,” plus interviews and more.
Everyone in junior high at some point has read and then watched “Watership Down,” and now this adolescent rite-of-passage is coming to Criterion. Among the extras will be an appreciation by Guillermo Del Toro, a picture-in-picture storyboard comparison to the film (Blu-ray only), and more. Don’t sleep on this.
Lastly, Yasujiro Ozu‘s “An Autumn Afternoon” is getting a Blu-ray upgrade. Start planning your Valentine’s Day gifts accordingly.