“To Sleep with Anger,” Bergman’s “Shame,” and 15-hour Fassbinder Epic “Berlin Alexanderplatz” on Criterion Collection’s February Slate

The Criterion Collection’s February slate kicks off February 5 with Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 Shame (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), an examination of the violent legacy of World War II and a scathing response to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam that stars Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann as musicians living in quiet retreat on a remote island farm. Coming February 12 is the home video debut of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Oscar-nominated 1960 courtroom thriller La verité (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), in which the troubled Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot) comes to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover (Sami Frey). Also slated for February 12 is Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s monumental 15-hour 1980 drama Berlin Alexanderplatz (Blu-ray: 4 discs, $99.95), based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, following the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to “become an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. Arriving February 19 is Luchino Visconti’s 1971 Death in Venice (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), the Italian master’s lush adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella starring Dirk Bogarde in a devastating performance as a fastidious composer reeling from a disastrous concert who becomes infatuated—even obsessed—with a young boy. And on February 26, Charles Burnett will join the Criterion Collection with his 1970 masterpiece To Sleep with Anger (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), starring a magnetic Danny Glover as an enigmatic Southern drifter who arrives out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends and turns a seemingly peaceful household upside down.