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Criterion announces its May Blu-ray line-up

18 February 2015 7:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Criterion has announced six new Blu-ray releases as part of its May line-up of the digitally remastered Criterion Collection. Two of the most notable releases are Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight and Bette Midler-starrer The Rose, which are scheduled for release on May 19th.

The full line-up, with technical specifications and artworks, are listed below:

The Rose

Bette Midler exploded onto the screen with her take-no-prisoners performance in this quintessential film about fame and addiction from director Mark Rydell. Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road. Incisively scripted by Bo Goldman and beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond (with assistance on the dazzling concert scenes by a host of other world-class cinematographers, including Conrad L. Hall, László Kovács, Owen Roizman, and Haskell Wexler), this »

- Scott J. Davis

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Criterion Collection: An Autumn Afternoon | Blu-Ray Review

17 February 2015 12:35 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Criterion Collection refurbishes its previous release of Yasujiro Ozu’s 1962 swan song, An Autumn Afternoon for a new digital restoration Blu-ray transfer. The auteur, often described as the ‘most Japanese’ of directors, is a prominent cinematic figure (which explains his heavy presence in Criterion’s vault), ranking alongside the likes of Akira Kurosawa and Kenji Mizoguchi. Yet Ozu was a much more subtle, even methodical filmmaker in comparison, reveling in the depiction of everyday life acted out amongst traditional (some would say banal) activities, meant to reflect the changing cultural landscapes that often place its inhabitants at uncomfortable odds.

An aging widower, Shuhei Hiroyama (Chishu Ryu) lives with daughter Michiko (Shima Iwashita) and a younger son. Michiko tends to her father and brother, and it seems a happy existence for all, but now at the age of twenty-four, outsiders are beginning to question why her father hasn’t arranged for her to be married. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Frames Inside Frames: A Mesmerizing Supercut of Passageways

12 February 2015 6:07 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Yasujiro Ozu‘s filmography was a blindspot for me personally until Landon and I explored the Sight & Sound Top 50 together. Falling in love with Tokyo Story was a key that unlocked a beautiful amount of movies hiding in plain sight. Not only is his name crossed off my list of shame, it’s been added to my list of favorite filmmakers. Now, video essayist kogonada has explored a singular focal point of the Japanese master’s work: the hallway. It’s a physical concept imbued naturally with the theme of “transition.” Passages can be ignored as background, shot poorly, or elevated as poetic examples that move us physically and emotionally from Point A to Point B. Ozu consistently achieved the latter, showing an obsession with passageways that kogonada captures with grace and simplicity. People are framed within frames gorgeously, and the juxtaposition of all of these scenes together acts like the cinematic version of lavender bath salts »

- Scott Beggs

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Night Train to Tokyo: ‘Café Lumière’ and Ozu’s Legacy

8 February 2015 8:39 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Taiwan’s Hsiao-hsien Hou has often spoken of his admiration for Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu. In the 1993 documentary Talking with Ozu, attached to the Criterion edition of Tokyo Story and featuring such commentators as Claire Denis and Aki Kaurismäki, he compares the man’s work to that of a mathematician: one that observes and studies in a detached, clinical fashion. Often, returning to the same themes of generational conflict within the family unit, but doing so with a profound self-confidence that only lends such reiterations more weight. Hou goes on to state that, while he considers his own “observations and insight into the human condition” to be similarly objective, he really can’t compare. Yet, the similarities are very much evident. Indeed, few batted an eyelid when Ozu’s longtime employer Shochiku, upon commissioning a project for his centenary, chose not a Japanese but Taiwanese director to best capture the spirit of his films. »

- Nicholas Page

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Three Reasons, Ten Photos: Setsuko Hara

3 February 2015 6:24 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Setsuko Hara is one of the most recognizable Japanese actresses of all time. She's more commonly known to Western audiences as Yasujirô Ozu's muse; a muse so loyal that she allegedly quit acting after he passed away in 1963, becoming recluse even up to today (yes she's still alive). Which is unfortunate because three decades of her onscreen is not enough. Her more famous films, Tokyo Story and Late Spring, barely scratch the surface of her talent. But for now, with nine of her films streaming here, you have to time get acquainted, or reacquainted with her body work. Here are three reasons, as if you need them, to watch Setsuko Hara at her finest.>> - Alece Oxendine »

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Learning Hou Part 1: ‘Goodbye South, Goodbye’

29 January 2015 8:21 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Goodbye South, Goodbye

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Written by Chu T’ien-wen

Taiwan, 1996

Up until now, I’d never seen a film by Hou Hsiao-hsien, who is considered a true master of the cinematic arts. Despite his critical notoriety, Hou is not well-known in the United States where he has received frustratingly little distribution. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of Hou’s most ardent supporters, wrote about this in a recent issue of Cinema Scope, lamenting that some of Hou’s best films are not available on DVD at all and the ones that are have abysmal transfers. The Puppetmaster(1993), which I planned on watching for this project, is only available in a pan-and-scan edition. I couldn’t bring myself to view it under such conditions, especially for my very first exposure to him. Instead, I opted for the film Cahiers du Cinema called one of the three best of the 90’s: Goodbye South, »

- Jae K. Renfrow

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Criterion Preps Yasujiro Ozu Boxset, And Films From Jean-Pierre Melville & Carol Reed For April

15 January 2015 3:21 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Criterion Collection has morality and crime on the mind for their April releases. It's a month that may be short on show-stopping titles, but for anyone looking to dig deeper into the some of the most legendary filmmakers the form has ever seen, this will be a good time to drop some dollars. We'll start over on the Eclipse line, where Yasujiro Ozu has three of his crime flicks collected: "Walk Cheerfully," "That Night's Wife," and "Dragnet Girl." In addition to being a different flavor from his more well known works like "Tokyo Story" and "Late Spring," they are also silent, giving these dramas a different edge. One to seek out if you're feeling adventurous. Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre Melville, the master behind "Le Samourai," "Le Cercle Rouge," and "Bob Le Flambeur," will see his "Le Silence De La Mer" enter the Collection. It will come packaged with interviews and an essay, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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