'Fish Tank,' 'Senso,' & 'Sweet Smell of Success' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM PST by

Three more Criterion titles will hit Blu-ray on February 22.

First up is Andrea Arnold's 'Fish Tank' starring Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender.

British director Andrea Arnold won the Cannes Jury Prize for the searing and invigorating 'Fish Tank,' about a fifteen-year-old girl, Mia (electrifying newcomer Katie Jarvis), who lives with her mother and sister in the depressed housing projects of Essex.

The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p transfer, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include: All three of Arnold's short films: Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and Wasp (2003) (Oscar-winning short); New video interview with actor Kierston Wareing; Interview with actor; Michael Fassbender from 2009; Audition footage; Stills gallery by on-set photographer Holly Horner; Original theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie.

Criterion will also unveil the 1954 period romance 'Senso' starring Alida Valli and Farley Granger.

This lush, Technicolor tragic romance from Luchino Visconti stars Alida Valli as a nineteenth-century Italian countess who, amid the Austrian occupation of her country, puts her marriage and political principles on the line by engaging in a torrid affair with a dashing Austrian lieutenant.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 soundtrack, and supplements will include: The Making of Senso: a new documentary featuring Rotunno, assistant director Francesco Rosi, costume designer Piero Tosi, and Caterina D'Amico, daughter of screenwriter Suso; Cecchi D'Amico and author of Life and Work of Luchino Visconti; Viva VERDI: a new documentary on Visconti, Senso, and opera featuring Italian film scholar Peter Brunette, Italian historian Stefano Albertini, and author Wayne Koestenbaum; The Wanton Countess: the rarely seen English-language version of the film; Visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie; Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti: a 1966 BBC special exploring Visconti's parallel masteries of cinema, theater, and opera direction; and a booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger's autobiography, Include Me Out.

And lastly we have the 1957 noir drama 'Sweet Smell of Success' starring Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster.

In Alexander Mackendrick’s swift, cynical 'Sweet Smell of Success,' Lancaster stars as barbaric Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Curtis as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent he ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister.

The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p transfer, a LPCM mono soundtrack, and supplements include: New audio commentary by film scholar James Naremore; Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away: a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and more; James Wong Howe: Cinematographer: a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe; New video interview with film critic and historian Neil Gabler (Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity) about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker; New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor; Original theatrical trailer; PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins, two short stories by Ernest Lehman featuring the characters from the film, notes about the film by Lehman, and an excerpt from Mackendrick's book On Film-making.

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

You can find the latest specs for 'Fish Tank,' 'Senso' & 'Sweet Smell of Success' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under February 22.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Fish Tank (Blu-ray)
Senso (Blu-ray)
Sweet Smell of Success (Blu-ray)
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