Films from Jean Cocteau and Lindsay Anderson will get the Criterion treatment in August.
In an early announcement to retailers, Criterion has just revealed 'Orpheus' is being prepared for Blu-ray on August 30.
This 1950 update of the Orphic myth by Jean Cocteau depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais) scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès).
The Blu-ray will feature 1080p, an uncompressed mono soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentary by French film scholar James Williams; Jean Cocteau: Autobiography of an Unknown, a 1984 feature-length documentary; Video piece from 2008 featuring assistant director Claude Pinoteau on the special effects in the film; 40 Minutes with Jean Cocteau, an interview with the director from 1957; In Search of Jazz, a 1956 interview with Cocteau on the use of jazz in the film; La villa Santo-Sospir, a 16 mm color Cocteau film from 1951; Gallery of images by French film portrait photographer Roger Corbeau; Raw newsreel footage; Theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by author Mark Polizzotti, selected Cocteau writings on the film, and an essay on La villa Santo-Sospir by Williams.
Criterion is also readying the 1968 drama 'If....' for Blu-ray on the same date.
Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior.
The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, an uncompressed mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: Audio commentary featuring film critic and historian David Robinson and actor Malcolm McDowell; Episode of the Scottish TV series Cast and Crew from 2003, featuring interviews with McDowell, Ondříček, Rakoff, director's assistant Stephen Frears, producer Michael Medwin, and screenwriter David Sherwin; Video interview with actor Graham Crowden; Thursday's Children (1954), an Academy Award–winning documentary about a school for deaf children, by director Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton and narrated by actor Richard Burton; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein as well as reprinted pieces by Sherwin and Anderson.
Suggested list price for each of the Blu-rays is $39.95.
You can find the latest specs for 'Orpheus' and 'If....' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under August 30.