3 items from 2017
It’s about half-way through the month, which means it’s time for The Criterion Collection to reveal their next slate of additions. A clear highlight of the April batch is Francis Ford Coppola‘s newly restored black-and-white drama Rumble Fish, which will feature commentary from the director and much more. There’s also Juzo Itami‘s Tampopo, which has enjoyed as successful theatrical restoration the last year, and features a new video essay by Tony Zhou, as well as a feature-length making of documentary.
Also coming to the collection is the George Stevens romantic dramedy Woman of the Year with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, as well as Wim Wenders‘ documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Along with those, we’ll also be getting stand-alone editions of The Young Girls of Rochefort and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, previously only available through the incredible Jacques Demy set, which is easily my »
- Jordan Raup
Four new movies are coming to the Criterion Collection this April: Juzo Itami’s “Tampopo,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish,” Wim Wenders’ “Buena Vista Social Club” and George Stevens’ “Woman of the Year.” In addition, two musicals directed by Jacques Demy already in the Collection are receiving new standalone editions: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and “The Young Girls of Rochefort.” More information below.
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“The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges, our appetites. Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café »
- Michael Nordine
Warner Archive Delivers the Best Way to Enjoy a Bad Day at Black Rock
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Pick of the WeekBad Day at Black Rock [Warner Archive]
What is it? A one-armed man arrives via train in a remote western town, and the populace reacts with suspicion and violence.
Why buy it? Spencer Tracy excels as the polite but mysterious stranger whose presence sets everyone on edge, and the more he probes the harder they push. The film explores threads of America’s deep-seated racism and small-town insulation, and it pairs that commentary with a steadily increasing suspense. The themes and actions here are still sadly relevant, even now, and it makes for an important watch that still manages to entertain. Tracy’s potential adversaries include Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brennan, and »
- Rob Hunter
3 items from 2017
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