Rock Hudson in “Magnificent Obsession,” Kiarostami’s “Koker Trilogy,” and More Criterion August Releases

The Criterion Collection’s August slate kicks off August 6 with the Blu-ray debut of director Jane Campion’s 1990 biopic An Angel at My Table (Blu-ray: $39.95), a harrowing autobiography of distinguished New Zealand author Janet Frame (played as an adult by Kerry Fox) that won the special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Slated for August 13 is a restored 4K digital transfer of Lucille Carra’s poetic and insightful 1991 film The Inland Sea (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), based on Donald Richie’s renowned travelogue on Japan, in which Carra undertakes a parallel trip inspired by Richie’s 1971 memoir. Arriving August 20 is the Blu-ray debut of Douglas Sirk’s delirious 1954 melodrama Magnificent Obsession (Blu-ray: 2 discs, $39.95), starring Rock Hudson in his breakthrough role as a reckless playboy. Coming August 27 is Yasujiro Ozu’s beautifully observed Japanese domestic saga The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), a study of a marriage on the rocks (an edition that also includes Ozu’s 1937 feature What Did the Lady Forget?). Also slated for August 27 is Abbas Kiarostami’s Persian language The Koker Trilogy (DVD or Blu-ray: 3 discs, $99.95), an eye-opening triptych of playful films from the Iranian master: the profound and sensitive Where Is the Friend’s House? (1987), the earthquake aftermath drama And Life Goes On (1992), and the human comedy Through the Olive Trees (1994).