This May, the Criterion Collection casts a big spotlight on one of their favorite filmmakers: Wim Wenders. In a new collector’s set, they gather three of his greatest films from the 1970s — “Alice in the Cities,” “Wrong Move” and “Kings of the Road” — all of them concerning people setting out on road trips to discover themselves. These are beautifully shot, emotionally stirring journeys, available for the first time on Blu-ray or DVD in the U.S. And Wenders isn’t the only great auteur Criterion is celebrating with new releases: They’re bringing into the collection Robert Altman’s stinging, Oscar-nominated Hollywood satire “The Player,” starring Tim Robbins; Nicholas Ray’s darkly romantic noir “In a Lonely Place,” starring Humphrey Bogart; and “The Naked Island,” the ravishing tale of an island farming family’s daily toil from Kaneto Shindo, director of the cult classics “Onibaba” and “Kuroneko.” Finally, another classic road trip: the Dennis Hopper phenomenon “Easy Rider,” available for the first time in stand-alone Blu-ray and DVD Criterion editions.
May 3: Easy Rider
May 10: In a Lonely Place
May 17: The Naked Island
May 24: The Player
May 24: Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy