The Criterion Collection and sony Pictures Home Entertainment have today confirmed the Criterion UK titles to be released in October 2016.
THE EMIGRANTS / THE NEW LAND
Directed By Jan Troell
Release Date: 10 October
This monumental mid-nineteenth-century epic from Jan Troell charts, over the course of two films, a Swedish farming family’s voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in this beautiful but forbidding new world.
Movie legends Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann give remarkably authentic performances as Karl Oskar and Kristina, a couple who meet with one physical and emotional trial after another on their arduous journey.
The precise, minute detail with which Troell depicts the couple’s story—which is also that of countless other people who sought better lives across the Atlantic—is a wonder to behold.
Engrossing at every step of the way, the duo of The Emigrants and The New Land makes for perhaps the greatest screen drama about the settling of America.
New high-definition digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
New introduction by theater and film critic John Simon
New conversation between film scholar Peter Cowie and director Jan Troell
New interview with actor Liv Ullmann
To Paint with Pictures, an hour-long documentary from 2005 on the making of the films, featuring archival footage as well as interviews with Troell, Ullmann, producer and coscreenwriter Bengt Forslund, actor Eddie Axberg, and composer Georg Oddner
New English subtitle translations
PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty
DAY FOR NIGHT
Directed By François Truffaut
Release Date: 24 October
This affectionate farce from François Truffaut about the joys and strife of moviemaking is one of his most beloved films.
Truffaut himself appears as the harried director of a frivolous melodrama, the shooting of which is plagued by the whims of a neurotic actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud), an aging but still forceful Italian diva (Valentina Cortese), and a British ingenue haunted by personal scandal (Jacqueline Bisset).
An irreverent paean to the prosaic craft of cinema as well as a delightful human comedy about the pitfalls of sex and romance, Day for Night is buoyed by robust performances and a sparkling score by the legendary Georges Delerue.
New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Pierre-William Glenn, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New visual essay by filmmaker :: kogonada
New interviews with Glenn and assistant editor Martine Barraqué
New interview with film scholar Dudley Andrew
Documentary on the film from 2003, featuring film scholar Annette Insdorf
Archival interviews with director François Truffaut, editor Yann Dedet, and actors Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nathalie Baye, Jacqueline Bisset, Dani, and Bernard Menez
Archival television footage about the film, including footage of Truffaut on the set
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by critic David Cairns