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    June 4
  • Creature From the Black Lagoon

    (1954) Richard Carlson, Julia Adams. Extras: "Creature from the Black Lagoon" 3D version, "Back to the Black Lagoon," production photographs, commentary with film historian Tom Weaver. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
  • Dirty Mary Crazy Larry/Race With the Devil Double Feature

    "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" (1974): Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Vic Morrow. "Race With the Devil" (1975): Peter Fonda, Warren Oates. (Shout! Factory).
  • Earthquake

    (1974) Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Genevieve Bujold, Richard Roundtree, Marjoe Gortner, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Victoria Principal, Walter Matthau. (Universal).
  • Electra Glide in Blue

    (1973) Robert Blake, Billy Green Bush, Mitch Ryan, Jeannine Riley. Extras: Commentary and introduction by director James William Guercio, trailer. (Shout! Factory).
  • In Old Arizona

    (1928) Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Burgess. A charismatic bandit must outsmart the sheriff trying to catch him and a double-dealing Mexican beauty in this Western that was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Warner Baxter as The Cisco Kid. (Fox).
  • The Invisible Man

    (1933) Dir.: James Whale; Claude Rains. Extras: Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed, production photographs, commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
  • Mad Max Trilogy

    Three-disc set with "Mad Max" (1979), "Mad Max Road Warrior" (1982) and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985). Available in limited premium tin packaging, $49.99. (Warner).
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    (1985) Mel Gibson, Tina Turner. (Warner).
  • Midway

    (1976) Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Ed Nelson, James Shiget Extras: "The Making of Midway"; "The Score of Midway"; "Sensurround: The Sounds of Midway"; "Scenes Shot for the TV Version"; "They Were There," hosted by Charlton Heston; photograph montage. (Universal).
  • The Mummy

    (1932) Boris Karloff. Extras: "Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed"; "He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce"; "Unraveling the Legacy of The Mummy"; "The Mummy" archives; commentary with Rick Baker, Scott Essman, Steve Haberman, Bob Burns and Brent Armstrong; commentary with film historian Paul M. Jensen. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
  • The Odd Couple

    (1968) Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon. (Warner).
  • Phantom of the Opera

    (1943) Claude Rains, Susanna Foster, Nelson Eddy. Extras: "The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked," production photographs, feature commentary with film historian Scott MacQueen. Also available on DVD. (Universal).
  • The Shadow

    (1994) Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, Jonathan Winters. (Universal).
  • Shane

    (1953) Dir.: George Stevens; Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Elisha Cook Jr. (Warner).


    June 11
  • Wild Strawberries

    (1957) Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg -- ­masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjostrom ("The Phantom Carriage")­is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, "Wild Strawberries" dramatizes one man's voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to international acclaim. New high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; introduction by director Ingmar Bergman; "Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work," a 90-minute documentary by filmmaker and author Jorn Donner; behind-the-scenes footage shot by Bergman; booklet featuring an essay by film writer Mark Le Fanu. (The Criterion Collection).

    June 18
  • Lifeforce Collector's Edition

    (1985) Dir.: Tobe Hooper; Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Nicholas Ball, Mathilda May. A race of space vampires arrive in London and begin infecting the Earth. Blu-ray includes both theatrical and international versions. Based on the novel "The Space Vampires" by philosopher Colin Wilson. Extras: Commentary with director Tobe Hooper; new retrospective with cast and crew including star Steve Railsback, Hooper and others; original vintage "Making-of Lifeforce" featurette; original theatrical trailer; TV spot; still gallery. (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory).
  • Marketa Lazarova

    (1967) In its home country, Frantisek Vlacil's "Marketa Lazarova" has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vancura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vlacil's approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, "Marketa Lazarova" is an experimental action film. New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: New interviews with actors Magda Vasaryova, Ivan Paluch and Vlastimil Harapes and costume designer Theodor Pistek; new interviews with film historian Peter Hames and journalist and critic Antonín Liehm; booklet featuring new essays by film scholar Tom Gunning and author and translator Alex Zucker and a 1969 interview with Vlacil by Liehm. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Safety Last!

    (1923) The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin was the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd -- ­the modern guy striving for success -- ­is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, "Safety Last!" is the perfect introduction to him. Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, "Safety Last!" is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a genuine legend. New 2K digital film restoration with a musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1989, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo. Alternate score by organist Gaylord Carter from the late 1960s, presented in uncompressed monaural. Extras: Commentary featuring film critic Leonard Maltin and director and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll; introduction by Suzanne Lloyd, Lloyd's granddaughter and president of Harold Lloyd Entertainment; "Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius," a 104-minute documentary from 1989; three newly restored Lloyd shorts: "Take a Chance" (1918), "Young Mr. Jazz" (1919) and "His Royal Slyness" (1920), with commentary by Correll and film writer John Bengtson; "Locations and Effects," a new documentary featuring Bengtson and special effects expert Craig Barron; new interview with Davis; booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park. (The Criterion Collection).
  • Things to Come

    (1936) A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells, producer Alexander Korda and designer and director William Cameron Menzies, "Things to Come" is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress. Skipping through time, "Things to Come" bears witness to world war, dictatorship, disease, the rise of television, and finally, utopia. Conceived, written, and overseen by Wells himself as an adaptation of his own work, this mega-budgeted production, the most ambitious ever from Korda's London Films, is a triumph of imagination and technical audacity. One of the most overlooked classic film of all time New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Commentary featuring film historian and writer David Kalat; interview with writer and cultural historian Christopher Frayling on the film's design; film historian Bruce Eder on Arthur Bliss's musical score; audio recording from 1936 of a reading from H. G. Wells's writing about the "wandering sickness," the plague in "Things to Come"; booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. (The Criterion Collection).

    June 25
  • Help!

    (1965) Dir.: Richard Lester; The Beatles, Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, Roy Kinnear. Extras: "The Beatles in Help! behind-the-scenes featurette; "The Restoration of Help!"; "A Missing Scene"; "Memories of Help!" with ; U.S. theatrical trailers; 1965 radio spots; digipack with posters and lobby cards artwork as well as a booklet with remembrances by Richard Lester and Martin Scorsese. (Capitol).
  • North Face

    (2008 -- Germany) Benno Furmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Ulrich Tukur. Extras: "The Making of North Face," "The Visual Effects of North Face," deleted scenes, theatrical trailer. (Music Box Films).
  • Shoah

    (1985) Over a decade in the making, Claude Lanzmann's nine-hour-plus opus is a monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies (of survivors and former Nazis, as well as other witnesses), employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming "Shoah" is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present, and it is inarguably one of the most important cinematic works of all time. New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Extras: Three additional films by director Claude Lanzmann: "A Visitor From the Living" (1999, 68 minutes), "Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. "(2001, 102 minutes) and "The Karski Report" (2010, 54 minutes); new conversation between critic Serge Toubiana and Lanzmann; interview with Lanzmann about "A Visitor From the Living" and "Sobibor"; new conversation between associate director of photography Caroline Champetier and filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and writings by Lanzmann. (The Criterion Collection).


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