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Criterion Collection Unveils July Releases, Including Marriage Story!

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Criterion Collection Unveils July Releases, Including Marriage Story!

Criterion Collection launches in July, including Marriage Story!

The Criterion Collection presented its list of upcoming July releases, which will include the exciting 4K restorations of the movie The Lady Eve, starring Henry Fonda, as well as the set of collectors previously announced by Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits and the six nominees for Oscar Wedding Story!

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The complete list of titles that will hit the shelves in July is as follows:

The Lady Eve

Barbara Stanwyck hisses, Henry Fonda fumbles, and Preston Sturges revolts in one of the all-time donut balls, a perfect blend of comic zing and fainting romance. On board a cruise ship sailing the coast of South America, the Stanwyck card sharpens the view of the nerdy snake researcher from Fonda, who happens to be the heir to a brewery fortune. But when the con artist falls in love with her brand, her attitude becomes a game of hearts – and she is determined to win it all. One of a series of unparalleled comic wonders that Sturges wrote, directed and produced as part of a dazzling 1940 series, this intelligence battle farce is perhaps his most rewarding job, tempering his brilliant intelligence with a touch of tender poignancy. provided by the sensational Stanwyck at its peak.

Special Edition bonus features include:

  • New 4K digital restoration with uncompressed mono soundtrack on Blu-ray
  • 2001 audio commentary with film teacher Marian Keane
  • 2001 introduction by filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • 2020 interview with writer and director biographer Preston Sturges, son Tom Sturges and friends
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns
  • Edith Head costumes
  • Lux Radio Theater 1942 film adaptation with Barbara Stanwyck and Ray Milland
  • Audio recording of "Up the Amazon", a song from an unproduced musical based on the film
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • MORE: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien and a 1946 profile of Preston Sturges from LIFE magazine

The 1941 classic will hit stores on Blu-ray and DVD on July 14!

Wedding History

A love story about divorce. A marriage falling apart and a family coming together. Wedding Story is a hilarious and distressing, well-observed and deeply compassionate film by acclaimed writer and director Noah Baumbach. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson present tour-de-force performances as Charlie, a charismatic New York theater director, married to his work, and Nicole, an actress who is ready to change her own life. Their hopes for a friendly divorce fade as they are drawn to a system that pits them against each other and forces them to redefine their relationship and family. Featuring bravery, twists by Alan Alda, Ray Liotta and Laura Dern – who won an Oscar for his performance here – as the trio of lawyers who preside over the legal battle, Marriage Story (nominated for six Oscars, including best image) is a work of intimacy and comprehensiveness that, ultimately, invokes hope amid the ruins.

Special features approved by the director include:

  • New 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Noah Baumbach, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound track on Blu-ray
  • New interview with Baumbach
  • The Players, a new program featuring interviews with actors Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Julie Hagerty and Ray Liotta
  • The Filmmakers, a new show about the production of the film, with interviews with Baumbach, editor Jennifer Lame, production designer Jade Healy, costume designer Mark Bridges and producer David Heyman
  • The Making of Marriage Story, a new program with backstage scenes
  • New interviews with composer Randy Newman and Baumbach about the film's soundtrack
  • New program with Baumbach touring the viewer through an important location in the film
  • excerpts from a film
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • MORE: Notes on the novelist Linn Ullmann's film

The 2019 Oscar winner is scheduled to hit the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time on July 21!

Cherry Taste

The first Iranian film to win Palme d'Or, this austere and emotionally complex drama of the great Abbas Kiarostami follows Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi), middle-aged, as he drives through the mountainous periphery of Tehran in search of someone who agrees to discard his body after he commits suicide, a taboo under Islam. Prolonged conversations with three passengers (a soldier, a seminarian and a taxidermist) raise different views of mortality and individual choice. Operating at the same time as a closely watched realistic story and a fable populated by archetypal figures, Taste of Cherry challenges the viewer to consider what is often overlooked in everyday life.

Blu-ray Special Edition features include:

  • New 4K digital restoration with uncompressed mono soundtrack
  • Project, 39-minute sketch of Abbas Kiarostami, 1997, for Taste of Cherry, made with the son of director Bahman Kiarostami
  • New interview with Iranian film scholar Hamid Naficy
  • Rare 1997 interview with Abbas Kiarostami, conducted by Iranian film scholar Jamsheed Akrami
  • Trailer
  • New translation of English subtitles
  • MORE: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah

The 1997 Palme d'Or winner is due to hit stores on Blu-ray on July 21st!

War of the Worlds

A mysterious, meteor-like object has landed in a small California town. All clocks stopped. A fleet of bright green UFOs hovers menacingly across the globe. The Martian invasion of Earth has begun, and it appears that nothing – neither military power nor the scientific knowledge of nuclear physicist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) – can stop him. In the expert hands of gender experts George Pal and Byron Haskin, the H.G. Wells classic of the end of civilization receives a frightening update from the Cold War era, complete with technicolor and visionary Oscar-winning hallucinatory effects. Coat of arms of iconographic images of the 50's science fiction, The War of the Worlds is an influential triumph of the visual imagination and a still unsettling document of the wonder and terror of the atomic era.

Special edition features include:

  • New 4K digital restoration with uncompressed mono soundtrack on Blu-ray
  • New alternative 5.1 surround soundtrack, created by sound designer Ben Burtt and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on Blu-ray
  • 2005 audio commentary with filmmaker Joe Dante, historian Bob Burns and author Bill Warren
  • Film Archeologists, a new program on the film's visual and sound effects, with Burtt and film historian Craig Barron
  • In the Archive, a new program about the restoration of the film, with the archivist of Barron, Burtt and Andrea Kalas, of Paramount Pictures
  • Audio interview with producer George Pal from 1970
  • The sky is falling, a 2005 documentary about the making of the film
  • Radio adaptation of Mercury Theater on the Air from 1938's War of the Worlds, directed and narrated by Orson Welles
  • 1940 radio program featuring a discussion between Welles and H. G. Wells, author of the 1897 novel War of the Worlds
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • MORE: An essay by film critic J. Hoberman

The 1953 classic will hit stores on Blu-ray and DVD on July 7!

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