The Criterion Collection July Slate Will Be A Shocking Fairy tale


Some of us will be dusting our passports for those holidays abroad in July, over at The Criterion Collection it will be a shocking, tender fairy tale.

Today  with help from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, the Boutique film distributor unearth 3 new titles coming to the UK and Ireland. Including films from Oscar winning filmmakers Bong Joon Ho, David Lean and shock Auteur John Waters.

First up on 18th July  comes a 21st Century fairy Tale from Korean Film Maker Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) with OKJA. An exhilarating twenty-first-century  tale that  swirls pathos, dark satire, action, and horror.

On 25th July, John Water‘s  PINK FLAMINGOS, the ever shocking counterculture sensation and his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva Divine is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates.

Also on 25th July SUMMERTIME, an exquisitely tender evocation of the magic and melancholy of a fleeting, not-quite-fairy-tale romance by director David Lean.


Master genre exploder BONG JOON HO (Parasite) swirls pathos, dark satire, action, and horror into an exhilarating twenty-first-century fairy tale. An all-star cast including TILDA SWINTON (The French Dispatch), PAUL DANO (There Will Be Blood), STEVEN YEUN (Minari), and JAKE GYLLENHAAL (Spider-Man: Far from Home) is led by AN SEO HYUN (The Housemaid) as Mija, a South Korean girl growing up on an Edenic mountainside with her grandfather and best friend: Okja, a giant, empathetic “superpig” created as part of a secret GMO experiment. When Okja is abruptly torn away from her, Mija embarks on a perilous rescue mission that places her at the center of a sinister corporate conspiracy. While Bong’s trademark virtuosic set pieces dazzle, Okja’s beating heart is the connection between a girl and her superpig, made all the more poignant by the brilliant special effects that bring the animal star to unforgettable life

-4K digital master, approved by director Bong Joon Ho, with Dolby Atmos sound
-New conversation between Bong and producer Dooho Choi
-New interviews with actors An Seo Hyun and Byun Heebong
-New interviews with members of the crew about the film’s cinematography, visual effects, and costume and production design
-Short programs including a director’s video diary, featuring Bong; actors Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, and Steven Yeun; and others
-Teaser, trailer, and web promos
-English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by critic Karen Han



JOHN WATERS (Hairspray) made bad taste perversely transcendent with the forever shocking counterculture sensation Pink Flamingos, his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva DIVINE (Female Trouble) is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore while reveling in her tabloid notoriety as the “Filthiest Person Alive.” When a pair of sociopaths (MINK STOLE and DAVID LOCHARY) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word filthy. Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history’s most legendary gross-out ending—Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.

-New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
-Two audio commentaries featuring Waters, from the 1997 Criterion laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release
-New conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch
-Tour of the film’s Baltimore locations, led by Waters
-Deleted scenes, alternate takes, and on-set footage
-English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
-And more!
PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor and author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film, from her 1990 book Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black

USA | 1972 | 92 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.66:1 | ENGLISH


With this sublimely bittersweet tale of romantic longing, director DAVID LEAN (Lawrence of Arabia) left behind the British soundstage to capture in radiant Technicolor the sunsplashed glory of Venice at the height of summer. In a tour de force of fearless vulnerability, KATHARINE HEPBURN (The Philadelphia Story) embodies the conflicting emotions that stir the heart of a lonely, middle-aged American tourist who is forced to confront her deep-seated insecurities when she is drawn into a seemingly impossible affair with a charming Italian shopkeeper (South Pacific’s ROSSANO BRAZZI) amid the ancient city’s canals and piazzas. Lean’s personal favorite among his own films, Summertime is an exquisitely tender evocation of the magic and melancholy of a fleeting, not-quite-fairy-tale romance.

-New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on
-New interview with film historian Melanie Williams
-Interview with director David Lean from 1963
-Audio excerpts of a 1988 interview with cinematographer Jack Hildyard
-English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek

USA | 1955 | 100 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.37:1 | ENGLISH