The Criterion Collection’s December releases kick off December 3 with a 4K restoration of Ronald Neame’s classic 1960 military drama Tunes of Glory (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), which is based on the novel by James Kennaway and stars Alec Guinness and John Mills at their finest in a struggle for control of a peacetime Scottish battalion. Also slated for December 3 (and never before available on Blu-ray or DVD) is the 1933 pre-Code melodrama The Story of Temple Drake (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), starring Miriam Hopkins in an adaptation of William Faulkner’s controversial novel Sanctuary. Coming December 10 is a 4K restoration, 287-minute director’s cut of Wim Wenders’ 1991 German-language magnum opus Until the End of the World (DVD: 3 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: 2 discs, $39.95), a globe-trotting sci-fi epic featuring a dizzyingly eclectic soundtrack, that follows a woman (Solveig Dommartin) across continents as she pursues a mysterious stranger (William Hurt) in possession of a device that can make the blind see and bring dream images to waking life. Also arriving December 10 is a 2K restoration of Kelly Reichardt’s 2006 breakout feature Old Joy (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a microbudget indie film about old friends (Daniel London, Will Oldham) who reunite on a camping trip in the Oregon wilderness.
A brand-new director’s cut of Francis Ford Coppola’s critically acclaimed 1930s period film The Cotton Club Encore is slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray on December 10. Slated to screen at this year’s New York Film Festival on October 5 and be shown in select theaters on October 11, this is a new version of the 1984 film, which features an all-star cast including Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, Laurence Fishburne, and others. In this lavish, 1930s-era drama, Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club becomes a hotbed of passion and violence as the lives and loves of entertainers and gangsters collide. Now, Coppola’s extraordinary film is brought to vivid new life with never-before-seen scenes and musical sequences that deepen and enrich the storylines in a remastered and restored version that represents Coppola’s fully realized vision of the film. Additional scenes include an extended Gregory Hines and Maurice Hines tap performance, Lonette McKee’s brilliant rendition of Ethel Waters’ “Stormy Weather,” and Coppola’s originally envisioned ending.
First Run Features will release Montessori: Let the Child Be the Guide (DVD: $24.95) on September 10. Inherited from Maria Montessori in 1907, the Montessori Method is a child-centered educational philosophy that celebrates and nurtures each child’s desire to learn, using an approach that values the human spirit and full development: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive. Curious to see how the Method works first hand, filmmaker Alexandre Mourot sets his camera up in the oldest Montessori school in France (with kids from 3 to 6) and the children guide the filmmaker through the whole school year, helping him understand the magic of their autonomy and self-esteem–hopefully, the seeds of a new society of peace and freedom–to which Montessori dedicated her life work.