Criterion Announces October DVD/Blu-ray Releases; Includes THE DARJEELING LIMITED, THE MAGICIAN, PATHS OF GLORY, THE DARJEELING LIMITED, HOUSE and SEVEN SAMURAI

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Criterion has announced their October releases and they’ve lined up some great titles including Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 film House.  Criterion has provided us with high resolution front and back cover art as well as details on each release.  Hit the jump to take a look.  All are being released on DVD and Blu-ray:

THE DARJEELING LIMITED

In The Darjeeling Limited, from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox), three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India, one year after the death of their father. For reasons involving over-the-counter painkillers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray, the brothers eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert—where a new, unplanned chapter of their journey begins. Featuring a sensational cast, including Owen Wilson (Armageddon, Wedding Crashers), Adrien Brody (The Thin Red Line, The Pianist), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, HBO’s Bored to Death), and Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor, The Grifters), The Darjeeling Limited is a visually dazzling and hilarious film that takes Anderson’s work to richer, deeper places than ever before.

2007 • 91 minutes • Color • Surround • 2.40:1 aspect ratio

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
• Anderson’s short film Hotel Chevalier (part one of The Darjeeling Limited), starring Natalie Portman, with commentary by Anderson
• Audio commentary featuring Anderson and cowriters Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola
• Behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman
• Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory discussing the film’s music
• Anderson’s American Express commercial
• On-set footage shot by Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwalia
• Audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, and stills galleries
• Original theatrical trailer
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and original illustrations by Eric Anderson

TITLE: The Darjeeling Limited (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1935BD
UPC: 7-15515-06331-9
ISBN: 978-1-60465-333-5
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 9/14/10
STREET: 10/12/10

TITLE: The Darjeeling Limited (2-DISC DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1936D
UPC: 7-15515-06341-8
ISBN: 978-1-60465-334-2
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 9/14/10
STREET: 10/12/10

THE MAGICIAN – DVD & BD
The Magician (Ansiktet), directed by Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, Fanny and Alexander), is an engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists. Max von Sydow (The Virgin Spring, The Exorcist) stars as Dr. Vogler, a mid-nineteenth-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test by a small town’s cruel, eminently rational minister of health, Dr. Vergerus (Wild Strawberries’ Gunnar Bjornstrand). The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny, shot in rich, gorgeously gothic black and white.

1958 • 101 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Swedish with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New visual essay by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie
• Brief 1967 video interview with director Ingmar Bergman about the film
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew, a reprinted essay by Assayas, and an excerpt from Bergman’s autobiography Images: My Life in Film

TITLE: The Magician (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1941BD
UPC: 7-15515-06391-3
ISBN: 978-1-60465-339-7
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 9/14/10
STREET: 10/12/10

TITLE: The Magician (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1940D
UPC: 7-15515-06381-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-338-0
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 9/14/10
STREET: 10/12/10


SEVEN SAMURAI – BD
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Yojimbo, Ran)—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune (Stray Dog, Yojimbo) and Takashi Shimura (Ikiru, The Hidden Fortress)—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope

1954 • 207 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

TWO-DISC BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• Restored, high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Two audio commentaries: one by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie and the other by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
• Fifty-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai
My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between directors Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima
• “Seven Samurai”: Origins and Influences, a documentary that looks at the samurai traditions and films that helped shape Kurosawa’s masterpiece
• Theatrical trailers and teaser
• Gallery of rare posters and behind-the-scenes and production stills
• PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Kenneth Turan, Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet, and an interview with Toshiro Mifune from 1993

TITLE: Seven Samurai (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1877BD
UPC: 7-15515-05491-1
ISBN: 978-1-60465-247-5
SRP: $49.95
PREBOOK: 9/21/10
STREET: 10/19/10

PATHS OF GLORY – DVD & BD
A pivotal work by Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange), Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas (Ace in the Hole, Spartacus) stars as a French colonel serving in World War I who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.

1957 • 88 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins
• Television interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas
• New video interviews with Kubrick’s longtime executive producer Jan Harlan, Paths of Glory producer James B. Harris, and actress Christiane Kubrick
• Excerpt from a French television program about real-life World War I executions similar to the events dramatized in Paths of Glory
• Theatrical trailer
• PLUS: An essay by Kubrick scholar James Naremore

TITLE: Paths of Glory (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1943BD
UPC: 7-15515-06411-8
ISBN: 978-1-60465-341-0
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 9/28/10
STREET: 10/26/10

TITLE: Paths of Glory (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1942D
UPC: 7-15515-06401-9
ISBN: 978-1-60465-340-3
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 9/28/10
STREET: 10/26/10

HOUSE- DVD & BD
How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via a series of mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equal parts absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.

1977 • 88 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• Constructing a House, a new video piece featuring interviews with director Nobuhiko Obayashi, story scenarist and daughter of the director Chigumi Obayashi, and screenwriter Chiho Katsura
Emotion, a 1966 experimental film by Obayashi
• New video appreciation by director Ti West (House of the Devil)
• Theatrical trailer
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by Chuck Stephens

TITLE: House (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1931BD
UPC: 7-15515-06211-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-317-5
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 9/28/10
STREET: 10/26/10

TITLE: House (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC1930D
UPC: 7-15515-06221-3
ISBN: 978-1-60465-318-2
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 9/28/10
STREET: 10/26/10




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