“Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood,” “sex, lies, and videotape,” and More on July Criterion Collection Slate

This July, the Criterion Collection will pay tribute to one of cinema’s most legendary collaborations with the July 3 release of Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood (DVD or Blu-ray: 6 discs, $124.95 each), a lavish box set featuring six newly restored classics starring the alluring Marlene Dietrich and directed by the visually extravagant Josef von Sternberg: 1930 romantic reverie Morocco, 1931’s espionage thriller Dishonored,  pre-Code train-ride adventure Shanghai Express (1932), the 1932 musical melodrama Blonde Venus (also starring Cary Grant), 1934 biopic The Scarlet Empress, and the duo’s final film together, the erotic and passionate Spain Carnival romance The Devil Is a Woman (1935). Slated for July 10 is former minor leaguer Ron Shelton’s 1988 hall-of-fame baseball comedy Bull Durham (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), starring Kevin Costner as a veteran catcher who mentors a pitching prospect (Tim Robbins) while both players are pursued by a team groupie (Susan Sarandon). Also slated for July 10 is the 4K digital restoration and Blu-ray debut of King Hu’s 1967 martial-arts classic Dragon Inn (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), and action-packed tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue set after an emperor’s minister of defense is executed and a power-grabbing eunuch sends assassins to trail the victim’s children to a remote point on the northern Chinese border. Slated for July 17 is a 4K digital transfer version of Steven Soderbergh’s disarmingly frank 1989 debut sex, lies, and videotape (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), focusing on housewife Ann (Andie MacDowell), her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher)—who is sleeping with her sister (Laura San Giacomo)—and John’s old voyeuristic friend Graham (Cannes award-winner James Spader). Also newly available on Blu-ray with a 4K digital restoration on July 24 is Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s otherworldly 1946 Technicolor romance A Matter of Life and Death (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95) centers on a RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) who falls in love with an American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he’s just delivered his dying wishes.