And the Criterion Collection keeps rolling out brilliance during 2016 with an absolute stellar month of releases for the month of May. Leading the month is the release of the brilliant noir classic, and Nicholas Ray’s finest film, In a Lonely Place (1950). A film noir of the finest order, revolving around a temper induced screenwriter who gets involved in an LA murder. A perfect film and the first Bogart film in the collection, In a Lonely Place will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on May 10th. So excited for this title and I really hope the transfer is as perefect as it can be. It better be.
There is one more huge release during the month of May, and that is the highly anticipated, as well as equally expected, “Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy.” The box set includes three films: Alice in the Cities (1974), Wrong Move (1975), and Kings of the Road (1976). These 70s treasures from one of the masters and true auteurs of the New German Cinema movement are going to be huge hit for cinephiles. The Wim Wenders retrospective has been currently playing at the Austin Film Society, and I, unfortunately, have not been able to attend any of the films. I look forward to diving into these three films, as well as the recently released The American Friend (1977), when I purchase the box set in May. The Wim Wenders Road Trilogy will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on May 31st.
We also get three more films during the month of May. First, the only upgrade for the month and a solo release from The BBS Box Set, is an American classic: Easy Rider (1969). A classic beyond words and the film will be released on a single Blu-ray on May 3rd. Second, we get a dialogue free masterpiece from Kaneto Shindo, The Naked Island (1960). I have seen bits and pieces of this film and was floored by what I saw. I am also looking forward to hearing the supplement piece with Benicio del Toro. Really nice. The Naked Island will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on May 17th. And finally, a release that is as exciting as the Ray and Wenders releases, Robert Altman’s The Player (1992)!!! I did not expect this and am delighted that this film has been added to the collection. One of the best films on film and filmmaking, as well as having one of the most iconic opening scenes in film history. I am ecstatic that The Player has been added!!! The Player will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on May 24th.
An absolute great month of releases and one that will definitely put a dent in the wallet. Enjoy!!!
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