Welcome to this month’s Criterion Memorandum. Join us, as we take a look at the latest announcements from the esteemed US boutique home video label.
Six titles lead the way this month, with a number of highly sought after upgrades heading up June. Dual-format editions of L’eclisse and All That Heaven Allows marks the return of a pair of the labels most respected auteurs in Michelangelo Antonioni and Douglas Sirk, while Peter Weir’s Picnic At Hanging Rock is also the subject of major reappraisal. Peter Davis’s landmark documentary Hearts And Minds is the subject of a 3-disc rerelease, with the 2002 DVD now accompanied by a much wider array of extra material and a HD upgrade.
It’s not all upgrades though. Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night is presented in a new 4K remaster, and has a mass of extra material, including Lester’s early short, The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film, which stars Spike Milligan. A number of documentaries and brand new interviews round-out the set. The undoubted highlight of the month though, is a high-definition release of Georges Franju’s Judex. Franju’s magical tribute to Louis Feuillade, written in collaboration with the grandson of the latter, Jacques Champreux, Judex is accompanied by a wonderful supplementary package supports the release, including a fifty minute episode of Cinéastes de notre temps (a favourite of Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second) and a couple of interview pieces.