We maybe about to enter the final month of 2019 and enter new decade, Criterion Collection have some classic films for 2020. From Oscar winner, Cold War thriller to films of Jacques Demy will all make up the February release slate.
On 24 February, for the first time in the UK, we proudly announce both the Blu-ray and DVD release of ROMA. ALFONSO CUARÓN’s eighth and most personal film is set in the 1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family.
On 3 February FAIL SAFE is an unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly detailing an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military’s chain of command and sends the country hurtling towards nuclear war.
Following on 17 February THE ESSENTIAL JACQUES DEMY features six of his films made from the sixties to the eighties. Ranging from musical to melodrama to fantasia—the films are triumphs of visual and sound design, camera work, and music, and they are galvanized by the great stars of French cinema at their centres, including ANOUK AIMÉE, CATHERINE DENEUVE, and JEANNE MOREAU. The works collected here touch the heart and mind in equal measure.
ROMA | 24 FEBRAURY 2020 | BLU-RAY/DVD
With his eighth and most personal film, ALFONSO CUARÓN (Children of Men) recreated the early-1970s Mexico City of his childhood, narrating a tumultuous period in the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo (YALITZA APARICIO, in a revelatory screen debut), the indigenous domestic worker who keeps the household running. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals. Written, directed, shot, and coedited by Cuarón, Roma is a labor of love with few parallels in the history of cinema, deploying monumental black-and white cinematography, an immersive soundtrack, and a mixture of professional and nonprofessional performances to shape its author’s memories into a world of enveloping texture, and to pay tribute to the woman who nurtured him.
The Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions of Roma will be available worldwide and distributed by Criterion (U.S.), Unobstructed View (Canada), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (UK/Ireland), and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Mexico, France, Italy, Germany and other select international territories).
DIRECTOR APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
4K digital master, supervised by director Alfonso Cuarón, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Road to “Roma,” a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Cuarón
Snapshots from the Set, a new documentary featuring actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, producers Gabriela Rodríguez and Nicolás Celis, production designer Eugenio Caballero, casting director Luis Rosales, executive producer David Linde, and others
New documentaries about the film’s sound and postproduction processes, featuring Cuarón; Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay, and Craig Henighan from the postproduction sound team; editor Adam Gough; postproduction supervisor Carlos Morales; and finishing artist Steven J. Scott
New documentary about the film’s ambitious theatrical campaign and social impact in Mexico, featuring Celis and Rodríguez
Nothing at Stake, a new video essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
Alternate French subtitles and Spanish SDH for the film
PLUS: Essays by novelist Valeria Luiselli and historian Enrique Krauze, along with (Blu-ray only) writing by author Aurelio Asiain Córdova and production-design images with notes by Caballero
MEXICO | 2018 | 135 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 2.39:1 |IN SPANISH AND MIXTEC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
FAIL SAFE | 3 FEBRUARY 2020
This unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly details an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military’s chain of command and sends the country hurtling toward nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Working from a contemporary best seller, screenwriter WALTER BERNSTEIN (The Front) and director SIDNEY LUMET (Network) wrench harrowing suspense from the doomsday fears of the Cold War era, making the most of a modest budget and limited sets to create an atmosphere of clammy claustrophobia and astronomically high stakes. Starring HENRY FONDA (12 Angry Men) as a coolheaded U.S. president and WALTER MATTHAU (Charade) as a trigger-happy political theorist, Fail Safe is a long-underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet
New interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films
“Fail-Safe” Revisited, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy
PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri
UNITED STATES | 1964 | 112 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 1.85:1 | ENGLISH
THE ESSENTIAL JACQUES DEMY | 17 FEBRUARY 2020
French director JACQUES DEMY didn’t just make movies — he created an entire cinematic world. Demy launched his glorious feature filmmaking career in the sixties, a decade of astonishing invention in his national cinema. He stood out from the crowd of his fellow New Wavers, however, by filtering his self-conscious formalism through deeply emotional storytelling. Fate and coincidence, doomed love, and storybook romance surface throughout his films, many of which are further united by the intersecting lives of characters who either appear or are referenced across titles. Demy’s films—which range from musical to melodrama to fantasia—are triumphs of visual and sound design, camera work, and music, and they are galvanized by the great stars of French cinema at their centers, including ANOUK AIMÉE, CATHERINE DENEUVE, and JEANNE MOREAU. The works collected here, made from the sixties to the eighties, touch the heart and mind in equal measure.
FRENCH | 1961 | 88 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 2.35:1 | IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
BAY OF ANGELS
FRENCH | 1963 | 84 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 1.66:1 | IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
FRENCH | 1964 | 92 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.85:1 | IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT
FRENCH | 1967 | 126 MINUTES | COLOUR | 2.35:1 | IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
FRENCH | 1970 | 90 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.66:1 | IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
UNE CHAMBRE EN VILLE
FRENCH | 1982 | 93 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.66:1 | IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
DUAL-FORMAT SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET FEATURES
New 2K digital restorations of all six films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays of Lola and Bay of Angels and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 surround soundtracks on the Blu-rays of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,The Young Girls of Rochefort, Donkey Skin, and Une chambre en ville
Two documentaries by filmmaker Agnès Varda: The World of Jacques Demy (1995) and The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993)
Four short films by director Jacques Demy: Les horizons morts (1951), Le sabotier du Val de Loire (1956), Ars (1959),and La luxure (1962)
Jacques Demy A to Z, a new visual essay by film critic James Quandt
Two archival interviews from French television with Demy and composer Michel Legrand, one on The Umbrellas of
Cherbourg and the other on The Young Girls of Rochefort
French television interview from 1962 with actor Jeanne Moreau on the set of Bay of Angels
Once Upon a Time . . . “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary
French television program about the making of Donkey Skin
“Donkey Skin” Illustrated, a video program on the many versions of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale
“Donkey Skin” and the Thinkers, a video program on the themes of the film, featuring critic Camille Tabouley
New video conversation with Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau
New interviews with author Marie Colmant and film scholar Rodney Hill
Q&A with Demy from the 1987 Midnight Sun Film Festival, as well as an audio Q&A with him from the American Film
Institute in 1971
Archival audio recordings of interviews with Demy, Legrand, and actor Catherine Deneuve at the National Film
Theatre in London
Interview with actor Anouk Aimée conducted by Varda in 2012
Interview from 2012 with Varda on the origin of Lola’s song
Video programs on the restorations of Lola, Bay of Angels, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and Une chambre en ville
New English subtitle translations
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Ginette Vincendeau, Terrence Rafferty, Jim Ridley, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Anne Duggan, and Geoff Andrew, and a postscript by Berthomé