Frights and thrills abound in Criterion’s October Halloween-ready lineup, starting with two of the most requested titles: David Lynch’s brilliant Hollywood-set nightmare “Mulholland Dr.,” which veers from romantic mystery to nocturnal horror, and David Cronenberg’s gory classic “The Brood,” about a family terrorized by a mad doctor’s shocking form of psychotherapy — both for the first time on Blu-ray in the United States. Masaki Kobayashi’s unforgettable quartet of Japanese ghost stories, “Kwaidan,” is back with a vengeance, in the original three-hour cut of the film, never before available in this country. It’s not all about scares, however: Criterion is pleased to bring to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time Ettore Scola’s Italian drama “A Special Day,” set in Rome at the start of World War II and starring the incredible duo of Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. All this and a new Blu-ray of Gus Van Sant’s modern masterwork “My Own Private Idaho,” with River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves.
October 6: My Own Private Idaho (1991)
October 13: The Brood (1979)
October 13: A Special Day (1977)
October 20: Kwaidan (1965)
October 27: Mulholland Dr. (2001)