Friday, January 15, 2010

Criterion April Releases

Criterion announced their April titles this morning with Blu-ray releases of:

Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil (1999)
Olivier Assayas' Summer Hours (2009)

Plus, a DVD release of Sidney Lumet's The Fugitive Kind (1959), starring Marlon Brando in a Tennesse Williams play/screenplay.

Ang Lee's civil war epic Ride With the Devil is a restored director's cut, adding over 20 minutes of footage in an attempt to restore the film to Lee's original vision. Otherwise, I'm a little let down - most of these with the exception of Vivre Sa Vie are readily available on DVD. Although in terms of artwork, Summer Hours and Ride With the Devil are stunning.


  1. Another Godard on bank account suffers greatly but happily. CONTEMPT is due out in a few months by Lionsgate becuse Criterion lost the US distribution rights: it will be the same high-def transfer as the Optimum UK edition, which is awesome:) And UNE FEMME MARIEE can be ordered from the UK if you have a code free player!

  2. I will definitely be picking up "Contempt," as it's my favorite Godard. I believe "Ran" comes out the same day as well from Lionsgate.