Some new dvds announced, with details on one already confirmed. First, the specific details to the already confirmed title of Indiscretion of an American Wife/ Terminal Station which is one film, but two different versions of it. Terminal Station is the director's cut by Vittorio De Sica. The plot detail lists it as controversial and given how unkown the film is, even among De Sica films, it may be a choice for mainly the controversy that two films were made out of one. I am curious though to see it because it can shed light to the times in how each world saw how to make a film and I am an avid collector of Italian Cinema anyways so I may boggle down and buy it. Specs are here: http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=202
Then there is the major discovery that Ingmar Bergman's "Faith" Trilogy has been announced as covering spine numbers #208 to 211. This was found out when someone discovered the cover titles were up on the site without being officially posted. 208 is the box cover. 209 is for "Through a Glass Darkly. 210 is for Winter Light. 211 is for The Silence.
This is a good return to a focus on some more important titles that are available to Criterion but felt to be sadly unused. Any fan of Max Ophuls can understand Criterion is not really reaching to release its important films first and foremost at all, but also, it runs in Criterion tradition to release a Bergman disc of somewhat a year with Fellini and Kurosawa. Any work by these men are important just for who they are so this is an anticipated work.
And now to some surprisements:
Kurosawa's The Lower Depths and Donzoko have been officially announced for August. The specs have been found for The Lower Depths, which are this:
Cat no. LOW030
- New high-definition digital transfer
- Audio commentary featuring Japanese-film expert Donald Richie (A Hundred Years of Japanese Cinema)
- Original theatrical trailer
- New essay by Keiko McDonald (From Book to Screen: Modern Japanese Literature in Films) and Thomas Rimer (A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature)
- Cast biographies by Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa)
- New and improved English subtitle translation by renowned Japanese-film translator Linda Hoaglund
- Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
I can't say much on Donzoko because even as a major fan of Kurosawa, I've never heard of it. I'm guessing it is very early work or something. Who knows. The Lower Depths is a welcome choice and will be anticipated. Anyways, good day of annoucements by way of Criterion.