This month the Criterion Collection has an eclectic mix heading to Blu-ray and DVD, reminding us once again just how fun their mission to preserve the best and most important works of classic and contemporary cinema can be. In one corner you have the Japanese classics The Ballad of Narayama
, by Director Shôhei Imamura
, and Kenji Mizoguchi
's Sansho the Bailiff
. In another you have the lauded, and 8 Academy Award-winning On the Waterfront
by Elia Kazan
and starring Marlon Brando
and Karl Malden
. And finally, in the third corner we turn to France for two films separated by 50 years: Edgar Morin
and Jean Rouch
's Chronicle of a Summer, and 2011's The Kid with a Bike
, a powerful drama by Luc Dardenne
and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
, with one of the best performances by a child actor in recent memory.
For details on all of these releases, keep reading.