Finally, a big, great month of releases coming from our friends over at the Criterion Collection. Easily the biggest release arriving in October is David Lynch’s masterpiece Mulholland Dr. (2001). A film full of mystery, wicked humor and set in a fantastical dream world focusing on the attempt to obtain fame in Hollywood, all wrapped up in a noirish coat of beauty. The film is also a perfect release for the horror movie month of October, as it contains one of the scariest moments in film history and one that still gets me every time. The first time I saw this film it freaked me out so much that I have no idea what happened throughout the entirety of the film because I was thinking about that moment and that face. This is one of most hotly anticipated releases of 2015 and it will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on October 27th!
The next two releases have been hinted at for sometime now and I am extremely excited for both of these films to be on Blu-ray. The first is David Cronenberg’s personal and haunting story of psychological horror The Brood (1979). This is my personal favorite of Cronenberg’s early horror ventures and is a perfect addition, along with Scanners, Videodrome, Naked Lunch and the currently out of print Dead Ringers, to the collection. It also has a brilliant performance form the great Oliver Reed. The Brood will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on October 13th. The next big release is an upgrade of Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan (1965). The film is elegant, creepy and contains four different and eerie classic Japanese ghost stories. It is a mesmerizing, intoxicating experience and this release will be the director’s full, original three-hour cut. Kwaidan will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on October 20th and what a great, hypnotic cover.
The last two releases are equally exciting, one I have seen and the other is brand new to me, but sounds great. The first is an upgrade of Gus Van Sant’s classic American Northwest grunge story of thieves, lovers and hustlers, My Own Private Idaho (1991). The film stars Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix, and was the first Van Sant film I saw and I loved it. One of the pioneering films of the Indie movement of the 90s in the United States, and one that has not lost its magic and luster. My Own Private Idaho will be released on Blu-ray on October 6th. The second is a film I have never seen, never heard of, but after reading the synopsis, it is a blind buy all the way. A Special Day (1977), directed by Ettore Scola, is a sepia toned film, starring two of the biggest stars in cinematic history — Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Set during 1938 when Mussolini paraded Hitler into Rome, the film focuses on these stars and their relationship during the tumultuous times of fascism in Italy. A Special Day will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on October 14th.
What a great month of releases and one that is going to be an expensive one. On to November and the highly, anticipated release of Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy!!! I just saw the first in this trilogy two days ago, Pather Panchali, and it wowed me and expressed how great Ray is and amazing power of cinema.
Photo credits by Criterion Collection.