I know I am over week late on this so I will be brief, as I am sure many are fully aware of the wonderful releases coming from the Criterion Collection during the month of August. The biggest, and easily my most anticipated for a long time, is Robert Altman’s revisionist Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). Brilliant, brilliant film from the master, and some of the finest performances in the careers of Julie Christie and Warren Beatty. The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on August 9th.
Orson Welles is getting two of his later films added to the collection with Chimes at Midnight (1966) and The Immortal Story (1968), the latter being his first color and final fictional feature. I have yet to see either one of these but the calling of Chimes a masterpiece and maybe his finest is mighty big words and only adds to my intrigue. Both films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on August 30th. Tony Richardson’s A Taste of Honey (1961), one of the early films of the British New Wave of the 60s, and one that depicts working class lives and the changing times of the youth and sex, is also on the way. The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on August 23rd.
One upgrade during the month of August and that is Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes (1964). Another film I have yet to see, the only one out of this enter release slate for August I have seen is McCabe & Mrs. Miller. This film was an international sensation and garnered a Best Director nomination for Teshigahara in 1966. The film will be released on Blu-ray on August 23rd. The last film is a documentary on the great Ingrid Bergman titled, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, that was released just last year. As great as she was on the screen, this intimate, loving portrait of one of Hollywood’s finest actors seems like must see viewing. The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD editions on August 16th.
Another solid month for the collection and I am absolutely thrilled about the upcoming release of one of the finest films ever made, McCabe & Mrs. Miller!!!
Photo credits by Criterion Collection.