The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announce Blu-ray July titles

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the titles to be released on Blu-ray in July 2018.

On the 23 July comes Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death; a romance that traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.

After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he’s just delivered his dying wishes and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the afterlife arrives to correct the clerical error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defence for his right to stay on earth—painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden—climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist heaven. Peppered by humorous jabs intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.

The special features of this release as as follows, and are always impressive with any Criterion release

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Introduction from 2009 with filmmaker Martin Scorsese

Audio commentary from 2009 featuring film scholar Ian Christie

New interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker, director Michael Powell’s widow

New interview with film historian Craig Barron on the film’s visual effects and production design

The Colour Merchant, a 1998 short film by Craig McCall featuring cinematographer Jack Cardiff

PLUS: An essay by critic Stephanie Zacharek

Following on the 30 July is Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature Sex, Lies and Videotape, the provocative Palme d’Or–winning drama that changed the landscape of American film in the modern age. With his provocative feature debut, twenty-six-year-old Steven Soderbergh trained his focus on the complexities of human intimacy and deception in the modern age. Housewife Ann (Andie MacDowell) feels distant from her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher), who is sleeping with her sister (Laura San Giacomo). When John’s old friend Graham (a magnetic, Cannes-award-winning James Spader) comes to town, Ann is drawn to the soft-spoken outsider, eventually uncovering his startling private obsession: videotaping women as they confess their deepest desires. A piercingly intelligent and flawlessly performed chamber piece, in which the video camera becomes a charged metaphor for the characters’ isolation, the Palme d’Or–winning sex, lies, and videotape changed the landscape of American film, helping pave the way for the thriving independent scene of the 1990s.

The feature list of this release are as follows.

New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Steven Soderbergh, with 5.1 surround DTS‑HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Audio commentary from 1998 featuring director Steven Soderbergh in conversation with filmmaker Neil LaBute

New programme by Soderbergh, featuring responses to questions sent in by fans

Interviews with Soderbergh from 1990 and 1992

New documentary about the making of the film featuring actors Peter Gallagher, Andie MacDowell, and Laura San Giacomo

New conversation with composer Cliff Martinez and supervising sound editor Larry Blake

Deleted scene with commentary by Soderbergh



PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and, in the Blu-ray release, excerpts from Soderbergh’s diaries written at the time of the film’s production


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