Jackie Chan Double-Bill, Jim Jarmusch Blu-ray Debuts, and Gillian Armstrong’s “My Brilliant Career” on Criterion’s April Slate

The Criterion Collection’s April slate kicks off April 9 with two beloved Jim Jarmusch films: the minimalist 1984 masterpiece Stranger Than Paradise (Blu-ray: $39.95) and the 1991 taxicab odyssey Night on Earth (Blu-ray: $39.95), the latter starring Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Available April 16 is a 4K restoration of Jan Němec’s haunting and hallucinatory 1964 feature debut Diamonds of the Night (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), one of the most visionary films of the Czechoslovak New Wave, adapted from the novel by Arnost Lustig, which closely tracks two boys who escape from a concentration-camp transport and flee into the surrounding woods. Coming April 23 is the Blu-ray debut of Elia Kazan’s eerily prescient 1957 satire A Face in the Crowd (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), which chronicles the rise and fall of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a boisterous entertainer—discovered in an Arkansas drunk tank by a local radio producer (Patricia Neal)—who reaches heights of TV stardom and political demagoguery. On April 30, Jackie Chan smashes into the Criterion Collection with a double-bill edition of his 1985 and 1988 action-comedy classics Police Story and Police Story 2 (DVD: 3 discs, $39.95; Blu-ray: 2 discs, $49.95), newly restored in 4K as the director/star/one-man stunt machine plays Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police inspector with unorthodox methods. Also coming on April 30 is Australian auteur Gillian Armstrong’s 1979 coming-of-age classic My Brilliant Career (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), adapted from teenage author Miles Franklin’s novel about headstrong young Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis), who bemoans her stifling life in the backcountry.