John Waters’s “Polyester,” Chaplin’s “The Circus,” Ernst Lubitsch, and More on Criterion Collection’s September Slate

The Criterion Collection’s September slate kicks off September 3 with a 4K Blu-ray restoration of Marco Bellocchio’s provocative 1965 Italian-language debut Fists in the Pocket (Blu-ray: $39.95), which follows a young man who takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions. Coming on September 10 is Ritwik Ghatak’s 1960 family tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a masterpiece of Bengali cinema that tells the story of a family that has been uprooted by the Partition of India and has come to depend on its eldest daughter, the self-sacrificing Neeta (Supriya Choudhury). Arriving September 17 is the home video debut of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1946 final film Cluny Brown (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a zany, zippy comedy of manners set in England on the cusp of World War II, starring Jennifer Jones in a rare comedic turn as an irrepressible heroine sent to work as a parlor maid at a stuffy country manor. Also slated for September 17 is filth maestro John Waters’s 1981 film Polyester ((DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), featuring his muse Divine as Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine blessed with a keen sense of smell, cursed with a troubled family, and relieved by a handsome hunk (Tab Hunter). Extras include an interactive “Odorama” technology scratch-and-sniff card. Scheduled for September 24 is Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 final silent era film The Circus (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), featuring Chaplin’s Little Tramp as he flees into a traveling circus and soon becomes the star of the show. Bonus features include a new 4K digital restoration of Chaplin’s 1969 re-release of the film. Also coming September 24 is a 2K digital restoration of Bill Forsyth’s offbeat 1983 small-town fable Local Hero (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), in which a Texas oil guy (Peter Riegert) is dispatched by his crackpot boss (Burt Lancaster) to a remote seaside village in Scotland with orders to buy out the town and develop the region for an oil refinery.