The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are delighted to confirm the following titles to be released on Blu-ray in June 2019.
On 10 June comes DAZED AND CONFUSED, among the best teen films ever made, directed by Richard Linklater and a launch pad for a number of future stars, it’s less about “the best years of our lives” and more about the boredom, angst and excitement of teenagers in waiting.
17 June brings THE HEIRESS, a piercing character study riven by emotional uncertainty and lacerating cruelty, it’s a triumph of classic Hollywood filmmaking at its most psychologically nuanced.
On 24 June, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, FOR ALL MANKIND is released. A radical, visually dazzling work of cinema made about the twenty-four men who first travelled to the moon, told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences.
DAZED AND CONFUSED
America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rules. Among the best teen films ever made, Dazed and Confused, directed by Richard Linklater, eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting… for something to happen.
UNITED STATES | 1993 | 102 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.85:1 | ENGLISH
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
High-definition digital transfer of the director’s cut, supervised by director Richard Linklater and cinematographer Lee Daniel, with 5.1 DTS-HA Master Audio soundtrack
Audio commentary featuring Linklater
Making “Dazed”, a fifty-minute documentary by Kahane Corn
Rare on-set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
Footage from the ten-year anniversary celebration
Audition footage and deleted scenes
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: a booklet featuring essays by Kent Jones, Jim DeRogatis, and Chuck Klosterman; reprinted recollections of the filming from cast and crew, and character profiles from the Dazed and Confused companion book; as well as the original film poster by Frank Kozik
Directed with a keen sense of ambiguity by William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives), this film based on a hit stage adaptation of Henry James’s Washington Square pivots on a question of motive. When shy, fragile Catherine Sloper (Olivia De Havilland, in a heart-breaking, Oscar-winning turn), the daughter of a wealthy New York doctor, begins to receive calls from the handsome spendthrift Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she becomes possessed by the promise of romance. Are his smouldering professions of love sincere, as she believes they are? Or is Catherine’s calculating father (Ralph Richardson) correct in judging Morris a venal fortune seeker? A graceful drawing room drama boasting Academy Award–winning costume design by Edith Head (Roman Holiday), The Heiress is also a piercing character study riven by emotional uncertainty and lacerating cruelty, in a triumph of classic Hollywood filmmaking at its most psychologically nuanced.
UNITED STATES | 1949 | 115 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 1.37:1 | ENGLISH
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
New conversation between screenwriter Jay Cocks and film critic Farran Smith Nehme
New programme about the film’s costumes featuring costume collector and historian Larry McQueen
The Costume Designer, a restored 1950 short film featuring costume designer Edith Head
Appearance by actor Olivia de Havilland on a 1979 episode of The Paul Ryan Show
Excerpts from a 1973 tribute to director William Wyler on The Merv Griffin Show, featuring Wyler, de Havilland, and actors Bette Davis and Walter Pidgeon
Wyler’s acceptance speech from the American Film Institute’s 1976 Salute to William Wyler
Interview with actor Ralph Richardson filmed in 1981 for the documentary Directed by William Wyler
PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson
FOR ALL MANKIND
In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President Kennedy’s challenge of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” No one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it. Al Reinert’s documentary For All Mankind is the story of the twenty-four men who travelled to the moon, told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences. Fifty years later, it remains the most radical, visually dazzling work of cinema yet made about this earth-shaking event.
UNITED STATES | 1989 | 80 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.33:1 | ENGLISH
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by producer-director Al Reinert (with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack)
Audio commentary featuring Reinert and Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon
An Accidental Gift: The Making of “For All Mankind,” a new documentary featuring interviews with Reinert, Apollo 12 and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, and NASA archive specialists Don Pickard, Mike Gentry, Morris Williams, and Chuck Welch
On Camera, a collection of excerpted on-screen interviews with fifteen of the Apollo astronauts
New video programme about Bean’s artwork, accompanied by a gallery of his paintings
NASA audio highlights and lift-off footage
Optional on-screen identification of astronauts and mission control specialists
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critic Terrence Rafferty and Reinert