'The Night of the Hunter' and 'Modern Times' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 08:00 AM PDT by

Two more classic titles are being released by the Criterion Collection in the middle of November.

Criterion has revealed Charles Laughton's sole directorial masterwork 'The Night of the Hunter' starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters for Blu-ray on November 16.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a mono soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentary featuring assistant director Terry Sanders, film critic F. X. Feeney, archivist Robert Gitt, and author Preston Neal Jones; Charles Laughton Directs "The Night of the Hunter," a two-and-a-half-hour archival treasure trove of outtakes from the film; New documentary featuring interviews with producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Jones, and author Jeffrey Couchman; New video interview with Simon Callow, author of Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor; Clip from The Ed Sullivan Show, in which cast members perform live a scene that was deleted from the film; Fifteen-minute episode of the BBC show Moving Pictures about the film; Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez; Gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb; New video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin about Charles Laughton Directs "The Night of the Hunter"; Original theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow.

Criterion will also be bringing the 1936 Charlie Chaplin film 'Modern Times' on the same date.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, an English mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: New audio commentary by Chaplin biographer David Robinson; Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance; New program on the film's visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt; Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin; Chaplin Today: "Modern Times" (2004), a half-hour program with filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne; Two segments removed from the film; Three theatrical trailers; All at Sea (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and Cooke, plus a new score by Donald Sosin and a new interview with Cooke's daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge; The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler highlighting his skill on wheels; For the First Time (1967), a Cuban documentary short about a projectionist who shows Modern Times to first-time moviegoers; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin's writing about his travels in 1931 and 1932.

Suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Night of the Hunter' and 'Modern Times' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under November 16.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
The Night of the Hunter (Blu-ray)
Modern Times (Blu-ray)
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