Double indemnity, Denzel Washington arrives at Criterion in May

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The Criterion Collection has announced its latest titles for release in May, including a 4K version of a Billy Wilder classic, and the first film starring Denzel Washington to enter the collection.

Titles coming to the Criterion Collection in May include 1976 Mr. Kleina crime drama set in Nazi-occupied Paris by the director Joseph Losy, who made the film in Europe after being blacklisted in Hollywood for his Communist Party involvement; japanese comedy Funeralsfrom the director Jūzō Itami, is released with new translations of English subtitles and interviews with two of the actors; 1991 Mississippi Masalawhich features Washingtonand comes out with a brand new audio commentary from the film’s director, Mira Nair; 1982 Chan has disappeared also gets a release, with a making-of documentary on the film; and Wilder’s black classic Double Indemnity will receive a 4K digital restoration.

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Check out the release dates, synopses, and all the special features included in The Criterion Collection’s release of films below. Also, visit Criterion website to pre-order the movies and browse their other selections.


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Mr. Klein (May 10)


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One of the crowning glory of Hollywood director Joseph Losey’s European exile, the spellbinding modernist mystery Mr. Klein puts a chilling spin on the bad man thriller. Alain Delon delivers a remarkable performance as Robert Klein, a decadent art dealer in Paris during World War II who makes a handsome profit buying paintings from his desperate Jewish clients. As Klein searches for a Jewish man of the same name whom he has been mistaken for, he finds himself thrust into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which his identity seems to dissolve and the forces of history close in on him. Encountered considerable controversy upon release for its depiction of the real-life misdeeds of the Vichy government, this hauntingly hauntingly beautiful film shivers with existential dread as it charts a society’s descent into fascist fear and inhumanity.


SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interviews with critic Michel Ciment and publisher Henri Lanoë
  • 1976 interviews with director Joseph Losey and actor Alain Delon
  • story of a day, a 1986 documentary on the actual Vél d’Hiv Roundup, a central historical feature of Mr. Klein
  • Trailer
  • New translation of English subtitles
  • MORE: An essay by film specialist Ginette Vincendeau
  • New cover by Gary Kelley

The funeral (May 17)


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It’s death, Japanese style, in the joyful and melancholy debut feature from maverick writer-director Juzo Itami. Following the sudden death of his father, a successful actor (Itami’s wife and frequent collaborator, Nobuko Miyamoto) and her lascivious husband (Tsutomu Yamazaki) leave Tokyo and return to his family home to oversee a traditional funeral. In three days of mourning that bring illicit escapades into the woods, a surprisingly materialistic priest (Chishu Ryu), and cinema’s most epic sandwich transfer, the tensions between public propriety and private hypocrisy are laid bare. . Deftly weaving dark comedy with poignant family drama, Funerals is a fearless satire of the clash between old and new in Japanese society in which nothing, not even the finality of death, is forbidden.


SPECIAL FEATURES

  • High definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on Blu-ray
  • New interviews with actors Nobuko Miyamoto and Manpei Ikeuchi
  • Creative Weddings: Juzo Itami and Nobuko Miyamoto, a short program produced by Criterion Channel
  • Commercials for Ichiroku Tart by director Juzo Itami
  • Trailers
  • New translation of English subtitles
  • MORE: An essay by author Pico Iyer and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Itami’s 1985 book Journal of “The Burial” and a memory of Itami in 2007 by actor Tsutomu Yamazaki
  • New cover by Tatsuro Kiuchi

Mississippi Masala (May 24)


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The vibrant cultures of India, Uganda and the southern United States come together in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala, a luminous look at the complexities of love in the modern melting pot. Years after her Indian family was forced to flee their home in Uganda by the dictatorship of Idi Amin, twenty-something Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spends her days cleaning the rooms of an Indian motel in Mississippi. When she falls in love with the charming black carpet cleaner Demetrius (Denzel Washington), their passionate romance challenges the prejudices of their two families and exposes the divisions between the Indian and African-American communities of the region. Tackling thorny issues of racism, colorism, culture clash, and displacement with big-hearted humor and acute insight, Nair serves up a sweet, sexy, and deeply satisfying celebration of the power of love.


DIRECTOR APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, overseen by director Mira Nair and cinematographer Ed Lachman, with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 surround soundtrack on Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Nair
  • New conversation between actress Sarita Choudhury and film critic Devika Girish
  • New interviews with Lachman, screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala and production designer and photographer Mitch Epstein
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • MORE: An essay by critic Bilal Qureshi and, for the Blu-ray, excerpts from Nair’s production diary
  • New cover by Phyx Design

Chan disappeared (May 31)


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A mystery man, a murder and a missing wad of cash – in his ironic and offbeat breakthrough, Wayne Wang updates the ingredients of classic film noir for the streets of contemporary San Francisco’s Chinatown. When their business partner disappears with the money they had planned to use for a taxi license, driver Jo (Wood Moy) and his nephew Steve (Marc Hayashi) roam the town’s alleys, docks and Chinese restaurants. city ​​to find him. But what begins as a search for a missing man gradually morphs into a much deeper and more elusive investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Chinese-American identity. The first feature film by an Asian American filmmaker to play widely and be appreciated by mainstream critics, Chan has disappeared is a consistently fresh and surprising landmark of independent invention that playfully flips decades of cinematic stereotypes on their heads.


DIRECTOR APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES

  • High-definition digital master, approved by director Wayne Wang, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Is Chan still missing?a making-of documentary directed by Debbie Lum
  • New conversations between Wang and critic Hua Hsu and Wang and filmmaker Ang Lee
  • Conversation between Wang and film programmer Dennis Lim
  • Trailer
  • New translation of English subtitles and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • MORE: An essay by critic Oliver Wang
  • New cover of Sister Hyde

Double Indemnity (May 31)


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Was dialogue ever more perfectly harsh? Has a femme fatale ever been as deliciously evil as Barbara Stanwyck? And did 1940s Los Angeles ever seem so sleazy and seductive? Working with co-writer Raymond Chandler, director Billy Wilder launched himself onto Hollywood’s A-list with this paragon of film noir fatalism from James M. Cain’s pulp novel. When shrewd salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) walks into the posh home of dissatisfied housewife Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck), he intends to sell her insurance, but he ends up tangling with her in a way much more sinister. Featuring the stunning supporting work of Edward G. Robinson and the chiaroscuro of cinematographer John F. Seitz, Double Indemnity is one of the most wickedly evil stories ever told and the cynical standard by which all black must be measured.


SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • In the 4K UHD Edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary by film critic Richard Schickel
  • New interview with film specialist Noah Isenberg, editor-in-chief of Billy Wilder on assignment
  • New conversation between film historians Eddie Muller and Imogen Sara Smith
  • Billy, how did you do?, a 1992 film by Volker Schlöndorff and Gisela Grischow with interviews with director Billy Wilder
  • shadows of suspense, a 2006 documentary about the making of Double Indemnity
  • Audio excerpts of 1971 and 1972 interviews with cinematographer John F. Seitz
  • [1945and1950radioadaptations
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New cover by Greg Ruth


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