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Criterion November 2011 Release Schedule

Posted August 15, 2011 by Max in Film News

I don’t usually post the monthly Criterion releases because I let other outlets cover that material, but I was just so excited about November’s titles that I had to share them here. This is the Criterion November 2011 release schedule.

Fanny and Alexander Box Set – 8 Nov 2011


  • High-definition digital restorations of the television and theatrical versions of Fanny and Alexander
  • High-definition digital restoration of Ingmar Bergman’s feature-length documentary The Making of “Fanny and Alexander”
  • Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film, a sixty-minute conversation between Bergman and film critic Nils Petter Sundgren recorded for Swedish television in 1984
  • Audio commentary on the theatrical version by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • A Bergman Tapestry, a documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Costume sketches and footage of the models for the film’s sets
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack for the theatrical version
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by documentarian and film historian Stig Björkman, novelist Rick Moody, and film scholar Paul Arthur

Three Colors Trilogy – 12 Nov 2011

  • New high-definition digital restorations (with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray editions)
  • Three cinema lessons with director Krzysztof Kieślowski
  • New interviews with composer Zbigniew Preisner; writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz; and actors Julie Delpy, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Irène Jacob
  • Selected-scene commentary for Blue with actress Juliette Binoche
  • Three new video essays, by film writers Annette Insdorf, Tony Rayns, and Dennis Lim
  • Kieślowski’s student short The Tram (1966) and his fellow student’s short from the same year The Face, which features Kieślowski in a solo performance
  • Two short documentaries by Kieślowski: Seven Women of Different Ages (1978) and Talking Heads (1980)
  • Krzysztof Kieślowski: I’m So-So . . . (1995), a feature-length documentary in which the filmmaker discusses his life and work
  • Two multi-interview programs, Reflections on “Blue” and Kieślowski: The Early Years, with film critic Geoff Andrew, Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Sławomir Idziak, Insdorf, Jacob, and editor Jacques Witta
  • Interviews with producer Marin Karmitz and Witta
  • Behind-the-scenes programs for White and Red, and Kieślowski Cannes 1994, a short documentary on Red’s world premiere
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Colin MacCabe, Nick James, Stuart Klawans, and Georgina Evans, an excerpt from Kieślowski on Kieślowski, and reprinted interviews with cinematographers Sławomir Idziak, Edward Klosinski, and Piotr Sobocinski

The Rules of the Game – 15 Nov 2011

Restored high-definition digital transfer
Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
Audio commentary written by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
Version comparison: side-by-side analysis of the film’s two endings, and an illustrated study of Renoir’s shooting script
Selected-scene analysis by Renoir historian Christopher Faulkner
Excerpts from Jean Renoir, le patron: La Règle et l’exception (1966), a French television program directed by Jacques Rivette
Part one of Jean Renoir, a two-part 1993 BBC documentary by David Thompson
Video essay about the film’s production, release, and later reconstruction
Jean Gaborit and Jacques Durand discuss their reconstruction and rerelease of the film
Interviews with Renoir’s son and assistant cameraman Alain Renoir, set designer Max Douy, and actress Mila Parély
Written tributes to the film and Renoir by J. Hoberman, Kent Jones,Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders and others
Improved English subtitle translation
Plus: A booklet featuring writings by Sesonske, Renoir, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bertrand Tavernier, and François Truffaut

12 Angry Men – 22 Nov 2011

New high-definition digital restoration (with uncom­pressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
Frank Schaffner’s 1955 television version, with an introduction by Ron Simon, director of the Paley Center for Media Studies
“Twelve Angry Men”: From Television to the Big Screen, a video essay by film scholar Vance Kapley comparing the Sidney Lumet and Schaffner versions
Archival interviews with Lumet
New interview about the director with writer Walter Bernstein
New interview with Simon about television writer Reginald Rose
New interview with cinematographer John Bailey in which he discusses cinematographer Boris Kaufman
Tragedy in a Temporary Town (1956), a teleplay directed by Lumet and written by Rose
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by writer and law professor Thane Rosenbaum


Rushmore – 22 Nov 2011

  • New high-definition digital transfer of the director’s cut supervised by director Wes Anderson
  • Audio commentary by Anderson, co-writer Owen Wilson and actor Jason Schwartzman
  • The Making of Rushmore: An exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary by Eric Chase Anderson
  • Max Fischer Players Present: Theatrical “adaptations” of ArmageddonOut of Sight and The Truman Show, staged for the 1999 MTV Movie Awards
  • Episode of The Charlie Rose Show featuring Anderson and actor Bill Murray
  • Cast audition footage
  • Wes Anderson’s hand-drawn storyboards, plus a film-to-storyboard comparison
  • Props, posters, behind-the-scenes photos and other graphic ephemera
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Collectible poster
  • Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Dave Kehr

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