Blu-ray News Roundup: July Criterion Titles, 'The Shack,' and More

Posted Tue Apr 18, 2017 at 06:45 PM PDT by
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Several new Blu-ray titles have been announced, including Albert Brooks' Lost in America and Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker.

Release dates and details have been revealed for Criterion's upcoming July slate of Blu-rays. Likewise, Lionsgate has announced a collection of new titles as well.

First up, Criterion is set to release Robert Bresson's L'argent on July 11. The Blu-ray will feature: Press conference from the 1983 Cannes Film Festival; “L’argent,” A to Z, a new video essay by film scholar James Quandt; Trailer; PLUS: An essay by critic Adrian Martin and a newly expanded 1983 interview with director Robert Bresson by critic Michel Ciment.

Next, Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy is due for a July 11 release as well. The disc will include: Introductions by Roberto Rossellini to all three films; Interviews from 2009 with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà, film critic and Rossellini friend Father Virgilio Fantuzzi, and filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani; Audio commentary from 2009 on Rome Open City by film scholar Peter Bondanella; Once Upon a Time . . . “Rome Open City,” a 2006 documentary on the making of this historic film, featuring rare archival material and footage of Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Ingrid Bergman, and many others; Rossellini and the City, a 2009 video essay by film scholar Mark Shiel on Rossellini’s use of the urban landscape in The War Trilogy; Excerpts from rarely seen videotaped discussions Rossellini had in 1970 about his craft with faculty and students at Rice University; Into the Future, a 2009 video essay about The War Trilogy by film scholar Tag Gallagher; Roberto Rossellini, a 2001 documentary by Carlo Lizzani, assistant director on Germany Year Zero, tracing Rossellini’s career through archival footage and interviews with family members and collaborators, with tributes by filmmakers François Truffaut and Martin Scorsese; Letters from the Front: Carlo Lizzani on “Germany Year Zero,” a podium discussion with Lizzani from the 1987 Tutto Rossellini conference; Italian credits and prologue from Germany Year Zero; PLUS: Essays by James Quandt, Irene Bignardi, Colin McCabe, and Jonathan Rosenbaum.

In addition, Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker will be available on July 18. Supplements will include: New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room; Interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky; Interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin; Interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev; PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu.

Finally, Albert Brooks' Lost in America will hit stores on July 25. The Blu-ray will feature: New conversation with director Albert Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide; New interviews with actor Julie Hagerty, executive producer Herb Nanas, and comic writer and director James L. Brooks; Trailer; PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias.





Meanwhile, Lionsgate has announced plans to bring Rock Dog to Blu-ray on May 23. The disc will feature: "Finding the Fire: The Making of Rock Dog" Featurette; "Mic Check: Casting the Voices" Featurette; "A Rockin' New World: Animating Rock Dog" Featurette; "Rock Dog and Roll: Exploring the Music: Featurette; and "Glorious" Music Video.

Likewise, the label is set to release The Shack starring Sam Worthington on May 30. Supplements will include: Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Hazeldine; “Touched by God: A Writer’s Journey” Featurette; “God’s Heart for Humanity” Featurette; “”Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” Featurette; “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” Featurette; “Premiere Night: A Blessed Evening” Featurette; and Deleted Scene.

In addition, Altitude will arrive on Blu-ray on June 20. Supplements have not been detailed.

Finally, Lionsgate is also preparing The Unholy for Blu-ray on June 27 through its Vestron Video Collector's Series. The disc will feature: Audio Commentary with Director Camilo Vila; Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Roger Bellon; Audio Interview with Production Designer & Co-Writer Fernando Fonseca, featuring Isolated Selections from his Unused Score; Original Ending featuring Optional Audio Commentary with Producer Mathew Hayden; Three Featurettes; Theatrical Trailer; TV Spots; Radio Spots; Original Storyboard Gallery; and Still Gallery.





Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
L'argent (Criterion) (Blu-ray)
Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy (Blu-ray)
Lost in America (Blu-ray)
Stalker (Criterion) (Blu-ray)
Rock Dog (Blu-ray)
Altitude (2017) (Blu-ray)
The Unholy (Blu-ray)
The Shack (Blu-ray)
Tags: Disc Announcements, Criterion, Lionsgate (all tags)