August 19, 2019
The Criterion Collection Nov. 19 will release Cold War on Blu-ray and DVD. The 2018 Polish film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.
The sweeping, delirious romance begins in the Polish countryside, where Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a musician on a state-sponsored mission to collect folk songs, discovers a captivating young singer named Zula (Joanna Kulig). Over the next 15 years, their turbulent relationship will play out in stolen moments between two worlds: the jazz clubs of decadent bohemian Paris, to which he defects, and the corrupt, repressive Communist Bloc, where she remains.
The disc release will include a new 4K digital master, supervised and approved by director Paweł Pawlikowski and cinematographer Łukasz Zal, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Other extras include a new conversation between Pawlikowski and filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñàrritu; a press conference featuring Pawlikowski and Zal, actors Kulig, Kot and Borys Szyc, and producer Ewa Puszczynska; documentaries from 2018 on the making of the film; a trailer; a new English subtitle translation; and an essay by film critic Stephanie Zacharek.
Criterion’s November 2019 slate also includes 1996’s The Daytrippers, the feature debut of writer-director Greg Mottola. When she discovers a love letter written to her husband (Stanley Tucci) by an unknown paramour, the distraught Eliza (Hope Davis) turns to her tight-knit Long Island family for advice. Soon the entire clan-strong-willed mom (Anne Meara), taciturn dad (Pat McNamara), and jaded sister (Parker Posey) with pretentious boyfriend (Liev Schreiber) in tow-has squeezed into a station wagon and headed into Manhattan to find out the truth, kicking off a one-crazy-day odyssey full of unexpected detours and life-changing revelations.
The Blu-ray and DVD releases arriving Nov. 12 include a new 4K digital restoration, supervised by Mottola, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include a new audio commentary featuring Mottola, editor Anne McCabe and producer Steven Soderbergh; new interviews with Mottola and cast members Davis, Posey, Schreiber and Campbell Scott; The Hatbox, a 1985 short film by Mottola, with audio commentary by the director; and an essay by critic Emily Nussbaum.
Due Nov. 19 on Blu-ray and DVD will be 1986’s Betty Blue, in French with English subtitles. When the easygoing would-be novelist Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) meets the tempestuous Betty (Béatrice Dalle) in a sunbaked French beach town, it’s the beginning of a whirlwind love affair that sees the pair turn their backs on conventional society in favor of the hedonistic pursuit of freedom, adventure, and carnal pleasure. But as the increasingly erratic Betty’s grip on reality begins to falter, Zorg finds himself willing to do things he never expected to protect both her fragile sanity and their tenuous existence.
The disc will include a high-definition digital restoration approved by director Jean-Jacques Beineix, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
Extras include Blue Notes and Bungalows, a 60-minute documentary from 2013 featuring Beineix, actors Jean-Hugues Anglade and Béatrice Dalle, associate producer Claudie Ossard, cinematographer Jean-François Robin, and composer Gabriel Yared; “Making of Betty Blue,” a short video featuring Beineix and author Philippe Djian; Le chien de Monsieur Michel, a short film by Beineix from 1977; a French television interview from 1986 with Beineix and Dalle; a Dalle screen test; railers; a new English subtitle translation; and an essay by critic Chelsea Phillips-Carr.
Due Nov. 26 is 1950’s Best Picture Oscar winner All About Eve. In Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s witty Hollywood classic, Margo Channing (Bette Davis) entertains a surprise dressing-room visitor: her most adoring fan, the shy, wide-eyed Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). But as Eve becomes a fixture in Margo’s life, the Broadway legend soon realizes that her supposed admirer intends to use her and everyone in her circle, including George Sanders’s acid-tongued critic, as stepping-stones to stardom.
The special-edition Blu-ray and DVD includes a 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.
The discs include two audio commentaries from 2010, one featuring actor Celeste Holm, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s son Christopher Mankiewicz, and author Kenneth L. Geist; the other featuring author Sam Staggs. Other extras include All About Mankiewicz, a feature-length documentary from 1983 about the director; episodes of “The Dick Cavett Show” from 1969 and 1980 featuring actors Bette Davis and Gary Merrill; a new interview with costume historian Larry McQueen; Hollywood Backstories: All About Eve, a 2001 documentary featuring interviews with Davis and others about the making of the film; documentaries from 2010 about Mankiewicz’s life and career, the short story on which the film is based and its real-world inspiration, and a real-life “Sarah Siddons Society” based on the film’s fictional society; a radio adaptation of the film from 1951; the film’s trailer; and an essay by critic Terrence Rafferty and the 1946 short story on which the film is based.
Also due Nov. 26 is 1942’s Now, Voyager, also starring Davis. Nervous spinster Charlotte Vale (Davis) is stunted from growing up under the heel of her puritanical Boston Brahmin mother (Gladys Cooper), and remains convinced of her own unworthiness until a kindly psychiatrist (Claude Rains) gives her the confidence to venture out into the world on a South American cruise. Onboard, she finds her footing with the help of an unhappily married man (Paul Henreid).
The Blu-ray and DVD includes a new, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Extras include an episode of “The Dick Cavett Show” from 1971 with Davis; an interview with Paul Henreid from 1980; selected-scene commentary on the film’s score by professor Jeff Smith; a new interview with film critic Farran Smith Nehme on the making of the film; a new interview with costume historian Larry McQueen; two radio adaptations from 1943 and 1946; an essay by scholar Patricia White; and a 1937 reflection on acting by Davis.