Criterion Announces July 2019 Titles

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The Criterion Collection has announced their lineup for July, 2019, with new Blu-ray editions of Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s BRD Trilogy (The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, Lola), Agnieszka Holland‘s Europa Europa, Alan J. Pakula‘s Klute, Marcel Pagnol‘s The Baker’s Wife, Michael Radford‘s 1984, and Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing.

Take a look below for more details about each release, including street dates, and for more information be sure to head over to Criterion.com.
BRD Trilogy
In 1977, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was thirty-two years old and had already directed more than twenty-five feature films. That summer, he embarked on a project to trace the postwar history of West Germany in a series of films told from the perspectives of three remarkable women. Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss, and Lola — The BRD Trilogy –– would garner him his greatest commercial success, both at home and abroad, and cement his position as one of the foremost figures of the New German Cinema.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
* New 4K digital restorations of The Marriage of Maria Braun and Lola, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
* High-definition digital restoration of Veronika Voss, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
* Audio commentaries from 2003 featuring filmmaker Wim Wenders and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (The Marriage of Maria Braun), film critic and author Tony Rayns (Veronika Voss), and film scholar Christian Braad Thomsen (Lola)
* Interviews with actors Hanna Schygulla, Rosel Zech,and Barbara Sukowa
* Interviews with cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger, screenwriter Peter Märthesheimer, and film scholar Eric Rentschler
* Life Stories: A Conversation with R. W. Fassbinder, an interview filmed for German television in 1978
* I Don’t Just Want You to Love Me, a feature-length 1992 documentary on director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s life and career
* Dance with Death, a program from 2000 about Ufa studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder’s inspiration for the character Veronika Voss
* Conversation between author and curator Laurence Kardish and film editor Juliane Lorenz
* Trailers
* PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones and production histories by author Michael Töteberg (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only for him to go missing in the war. Alone, Maria puts to use her beauty and ambition in order to find prosperity during Germany’s “economic miracle” of the 1950s. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s biggest international box-office success, The Marriage of Maria Braun is a heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her own life, as well as a pointed metaphorical attack on a society determined to forget its past.

1979 * 120 minutes * Color * Monaural * In German with English subtitles * 1.66:1 aspect ratio

Veronika Voss
A once-beloved Third Reich-era starlet, Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, she encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate) in a rain-swept park and intrigues him with her mysterious beauty. As their unlikely relationship develops, Robert comes to discover the dark secrets that brought about the decline of Veronika’s career. Based on the true story of a World War II Ufa star, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Veronika Voss is wicked satire disguised as 1950s melodrama.

1982 * 104 minutes * Black & White * Monaural * In German with English subtitles * 1.78:1 aspect ratio

Lola
Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola (Barbara Sukowa), a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute, exults in her power as a tempter of men, but she wants more-money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor (Mario Adorf) against the new straight-arrow building commissioner (Armin Mueller-Stahl), Lola launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything-and everyone-is for sale. Shot in childlike candy colors, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’sLola, an homage to Josef von Sternberg’s classic The Blue Angel, is a wonderfully satirical tribute to capitalism.

1981 * 115 minutes * Color * Monaural * In German with English subtitles * 1.66:1 aspect ratio

3-BLU-RAY EDITION
SRP$99.95
STREET7/9/19

Europa Europa
As World War II splits Europe, sixteen-year-old German Jew Salomon (Marco Hofschneider) is separated from his family after fleeing with them to Poland, and finds himself reluctantly assuming various ideological identities in order to hide the deadly secret of his Jewishness. He is bounced from a Soviet orphanage, where he plays a dutiful Stalinist, to the Russian front, where he hides in plain sight as an interpreter for the German army, and back to his home country, where he takes on his most dangerous role: a member of the Hitler Youth. Based on the real-life experiences of Salomon Perel, Agnieszka Holland’s wartime tour de force Europa Europa is a breathless survival story told with the verve of a comic adventure, an ironic refutation of the Nazi idea of racial purity, and a complex portrait of a young man caught up in shifting historical calamities and struggling to stay alive.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
* New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnieszka Holland, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Holland
* New interviews with Holland and actor Marco Hofschneider
* New video essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf
* New English subtitle translation
* PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin

1990 * 112 minutes * Color * Monaural * In German, Russian, and Polish with English subtitles * 1.66:1 aspect ratio

BLU-RAY EDITION
SRP$39.95
STREET7/9/19
DVD EDITION
SRP$29.95
STREET7/9/19

Klute
With her Oscar-winning turn in Klute, Jane Fonda arrived full-fledged as a new kind of movie star. Bringing nervy audacity and counterculture style to the role of Bree Daniels — a call girl and aspiring actor who becomes the focal point of a missing-person investigation when detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) turns up at her door — Fonda made the film her own, putting an independent woman and escort on-screen with a frankness that had not yet been attempted in Hollywood. Suffused with paranoia by the conspiracy-thriller specialist Alan J. Pakula, and lensed by master cinematographer Gordon Willis, Klute is a character study thick with dread, capturing the mood of early-1970s New York and the predicament of a woman trying to find her own way on the fringes of society.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
* New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by camera operator Michael Chapman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New conversation between actors Jane Fonda and Illeana Douglas
* New documentary about Klute and director Alan J. Pakula by filmmaker Matthew Miele, featuring scholars, filmmakers, and Pakula’s family and friends
* The Look of “Klute,” a new interview with writer Amy Fine Collins
* Archival interviews with Pakula and Fonda
* “Klute” in New York, a short documentary made during the shooting of the film
* PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris and excerpts from a 1972 interview with Pakula
1971 * 114 minutes * Color * Monaural * 2.39:1 aspect ratio

BLU-RAY EDITION
SRP$39.95
STREET7/16/19
2-DVD EDITION
SRP$29.95
PREBOOK6/18/19
STREET7/16/19


The Baker’s Wife
The warmth and wit of celebrated playwright turned cinema auteur Marcel Pagnol shine in this enchanting slice-of-life comedy. Returning to the Provençal countryside he knew intimately, Pagnol draws a vivid portrait of a close-knit village where the marital woes of a sweetly deluded baker (the inimitable Raimu, praised by no less than Orson Welles as “the greatest actor who ever lived”) snowball into a scandal that engulfs the entire town. Marrying the director’s abiding concern for the experiences of ordinary people with an understated but superbly judged visual style, The Baker’s Wife is at once wonderfully droll and piercingly perceptive in its depiction of the complexities of human relationships.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett Bowles
* Introduction by Pagnol from 1967
* Excerpt from a 1966 interview with Pagnol for the French television seriesCinéastes de notre temps
* Short French news program from 1967 revisiting the village of Le Castellet, where the film was shot
* New English subtitle translation
* PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

1938 * 134 minutes * Black & White * Monaural * In French with English subtitles * 1.37:1 aspect ratio

BLU-RAY EDITION
SRP$39.95
STREET7/16/19
DVD EDITION
SRP$29.95
STREET7/16/19

1984
This masterly adaptation of George Orwell’s chilling parable about totalitarian oppression gives harrowing cinematic expression to the book’s bleak prophetic vision. In a rubble-strewn surveillance state where an endless overseas war props up the repressive regime of the all-seeing Big Brother, and all dissent is promptly squashed, a profoundly alienated citizen, Winston Smith (thrillingly played by John Hurt), risks everything for an illicit affair with the rebellious Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) in a defiant assertion of humanity in the face of soul-crushing conformity. Through vividly grim production design and expressionistically desaturated cinematography by Roger Deakins, Michael Radford’s 1984 conjures a dystopian vision of postwar Britain as fascistic nightmare-a world all too recognizable as our own.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
* New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Roger Deakins, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New interviews with director Michael Radford and cinematographer Roger Deakins
* New interview with David Ryan, author of George Orwell on Screen
* Behind-the-scenes footage
* Trailer
* PLUS: An essay by writer and performer A. L. Kennedy

1984 * 110 minutes * Color * monaural * 1.85:1 aspect ratio

BLU-RAY EDITION
SRP$39.95
STREET7/23/19
DVD EDITION
SRP$29.95
STREET7/23/19

Do the Right Thing
Set on one block of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy Do or Die neighborhood, at the height of summer, this 1989 masterpiece by Spike Lee confirmed him as a writer and filmmaker of peerless vision and passionate social engagement. Over the course of a single day, the easygoing interactions of a cast of unforgettable characters — Da Mayor, Mother Sister, Mister Señor Love Daddy, Tina, Sweet Dick Willie, Buggin Out, Radio Raheem, Sal, Pino, Vito, and Lee’s Mookie among them — give way to heated confrontations as tensions rise along racial fault lines, ultimately exploding into violence. Punctuated by the anthemic refrain of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” Do the Right Thing is a landmark in American cinema, as politically and emotionally charged and as relevant now as when it first hit the big screen.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
* New 4K digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary from 1995 featuring director Spike Lee, Dickerson, production designer Wynn Thomas, and actor Joie Lee
* Introductions by Lee
* Making “Do the Right Thing,” a documentary from 1988 by St. Clair Bourne
* New interviews with costume designer Ruth E. Carter, camera assistant Darnell Martin, New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., and writer Nelson George
* Interview with editor Barry Alexander Brown from 2000
* Programs from 2000 and 2009 featuring Lee and members of the cast and crew
* Music video for Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” directed by Lee, with remarks from rapper Chuck D
* Behind-the-scenes footage
* Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1989
* Deleted and extended scenes
* Original storyboards, trailer, and TV spots
* PLUS: An essay by critic Vinson Cunningham, and (on the Blu-ray) extensive excerpts from the journal Lee kept during the preparation for and production of the film

1989 * 120 minutes * Color * 5.1 surround * 1.85:1 aspect ratio

2-BLU-RAY EDITION
SRP$39.95
STREET7/23/19
2-DVD EDITION
SRP$29.95
STREET7/23/19
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