As The Criterion Collection prepares to release its most recent batch of titles in the month of May, cinema enthusiasts all over the world are buzzing with excitement. The Criterion Collection has long been a cinematic shrine for die-hard cinema lovers who are passionate about discovering new and thought-provoking cinema thanks to its extensive collection of classics and modern movies.

The Criterion Collection includes both classic movies and modern, avant-garde works, so there is something for everyone.

The Criterion collection will see new additions of movies that should get the fans of Seijun Suzuki excited. One of the instrumental filmmakers of Japanese New Wave, Suzuki’s peak pop-art aesthetic – Branded to Kill, will get a ‘4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES’ release.


Branded to Kill
Seijun Suzuki

Available May 9, 2023

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Branded To Kill
Branded To Kill (dir. Seijun Suzuki) Cover by Eric Skillman @The Criterion Collection

When Japanese New Wave bad boy Seijun Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece to the executives at his studio, he was promptly fired. Branded to Kill (Koroshi no rakuin) tells the ecstatically bent story of a yakuza assassin with a fetish for sniffing steamed rice (the chipmunk-cheeked superstar Joe Shishido) who botches a job and ends up a target himself. This is Suzuki at his most extreme—the flabbergasting pinnacle of his sixties pop-art aesthetic.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Interviews with director Seijun Suzuki and assistant director Masami Kuzuu
  • Interview with Suzuki from 1997
  • Interview with actor Joe Shishido
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and historian Tony Rayns

    Cover by Eric Skillman

Buy it here.


Targets
Peter Bogdanovich

Available May 16, 2023

Targets (The Criterion Collection Movies)
Targets Cover by Drusilla Adeline/Sister Hyde @The Criterion Collection

Old Hollywood collides with New Hollywood, and screen horror with real-life horror, in the startling debut feature from Peter Bogdanovich. Produced by Roger Corman, this chillingly prescient vision of American-made carnage casts Boris Karloff as a version of himself: an aging horror-movie icon whose fate intersects with that of a seemingly ordinary young man (Tim O’Kelly) on a psychotic shooting spree around Los Angeles. Charged with provocative ideas about the relationship between mass media and mass violence, Targets is a model of maximally effective filmmaking on a minimal budget and a potent first statement from one of the defining voices of the American New Wave.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Peter Bogdanovich, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring Bogdanovich
  • New interview with filmmaker Richard Linklater
  • Introduction to the film from 2003 by Bogdanovich
  • Audio excerpts from a 1983 interview with production designer Polly Platt at the American Film Institute
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Adam Nayman and excerpts from an interview with Bogdanovich from Eric Sherman and Martin Rubin’s 1969 book The Director’s Event: Interviews with Five American Film-Makers

    New cover by Drusilla Adeline/Sister Hyde

Buy it here.


Petite maman
Céline Sciamma

Available May 23, 2023

Petite maman (The Criterion Collection Movies)
Petite maman Cover by Carson Ellis @The Criterion Collection

Céline Sciamma’s follow-up to Portrait of a Lady on Fire transcends time and space to weave a delicate fable about grief, family, and connection across generations. In the wake of her grandmother’s death, eight-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) accompanies her distraught mother (Nina Meurisse) to her childhood home. There, Nelly’s encounter with another young girl (Gabrielle Sanz) brings mother and daughter together in a way neither could have ever imagined. Evoking childhood’s perpetual state of wonder through luminous, richly textured images, Petite maman takes viewers on a journey inward for a quietly miraculous tale of emotional time travel.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New conversation between director Céline Sciamma and filmmaker Joachim Trier
  • My Life as a Zucchini (2016), an Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated film directed by Claude Barras and cowritten by Sciamma
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by author So Mayer

    New cover by Carson Ellis

Buy it here.

Recommended: Every Céline Sciamma Film Ranked


Thelma & Louise
Ridley Scott

Available May 30, 2023

Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon in Thelma & Louise (The Criterion Collection Movies)
Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon in Thelma & Louise Cover by Sam Hadley @The Criterion Collection

Two women, a turquoise Thunderbird, the ride of a lifetime. With this pop-culture landmark, screenwriter Callie Khouri and action auteur Ridley Scott rewrote the rules of the road movie, telling the story of two best friends who find themselves transformed into accidental fugitives during a weekend getaway gone wrong—leading them on a high-speed southwestern odyssey as they elude police and discover freedom on their own terms. Propelled by irresistible performances from Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis (plus Brad Pitt in a sexy, star-making turn)—and nominated for six Academy Awards, winning one for Khouri—the exhilaratingly cathartic Thelma & Louise stands as cinema’s ultimate ode to ride-or-die female friendship.


Recommended: On Female Violence in Thelma and Louise


DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Ridley Scott, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Two audio commentaries, featuring Scott, screenwriter Callie Khouri, and actors Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon
  • New interviews with Scott and Khouri
  • Documentary featuring Davis; Khouri; Sarandon; Scott; actors Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, and Brad Pitt; and other members of the cast and crew
  • Boy and Bicycle (1965), Scott’s first short film, and one of his early commercials
  • Original theatrical featurette
  • Storyboards and deleted and extended scenes, including an extended ending with director’s commentary
  • Music video for Glenn Frey’s “Part of Me, Part of You,” from the film’s soundtrack
  • Trailers
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by critics Jessica Kiang and Rachel Syme and journalist Rebecca Traister

    New cover by Sam Hadley

Buy it here.

High On Films in collaboration with Avanté

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