The Criterion Collection UK announces April 2017 releases

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have today confirmed their April 2017 release schedule, marking the 1st anniversary of Criterion’s successful UK launch.


A Film By Andrei Tarkovsky

Release Date: 3 April, 2017

Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station.

When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness.

With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

Special Features:

New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Audio commentary by Andrei Tarkovsky scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie

Nine deleted and alternate scenes

Video interviews with actress Natalya Bondarchuk, cinematographer Vadim Yusov, art director Mikhail Romadin, and composer Eduard Artemyev

Excerpt from a documentary about Stanislaw Lem, the author of the film’s source novel

New subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Phillip Lopate and an appreciation by director Akira Kurosawa


A Film By Kenji Mizoguchi

Release Date: 24 April, 2017

A peerless chronicler of the soul who specialized in supremely emotional, visually exquisite films about the circumstances of women in Japanese society, Kenji Mizoguchi had already been directing movies for decades when he made The Life of Oharu in 1952.

However, this epic portrait of an inexorable fall from grace, starring the astounding Kinuyo Tanaka as an imperial lady-in-waiting who gradually descends to street prostitution, was the movie that gained the director international attention, ushering in a new golden period for him.

Special Features:

New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

New audio commentary for the opening of the movie by film scholar Dudley Andrew

Mizoguchi’s Art and the Demimonde, an illustrated audio essay featuring Andrew

The Travels of Kinuyo Tanaka, a 2009 film by Koko Kajiyama documenting the actor’s 1949 goodwill tour of the United States

New English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez

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