“Leave Her to Heaven,” Spike Lee, Maysles Brothers, “Show Boat,” Streisand and More on Criterion Collection’s March 2020 Slate

The Criterion Collection’s March 2020 slate kicks off March 10 with the Blu-ray debut of the 1961 black-and-white classic documentary Salesman (Blu-ray: $39.95), a radically influential portrait of American dreams and disillusionment from Direct Cinema pioneers David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin, which focuses on four dogged door-to-door Bible salesmen as they travel from Boston to Florida on a seemingly futile quest to sell luxury editions of the Good Book to working-class Catholics. Also making its Blu-ray debut on March 17 is Spike Lee’s provocative 2000 satire Bamboozled (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), a scathing indictment of racism in American pop culture that follows a TV writer (Damon Wayans) who hits on an explosively offensive idea of bringing back blackface for a dehumanizing stereotype show. Arriving March 24 is Mikhail Kalatozov’s visually exhilarating 1957 Soviet-cinema landmark The Cranes Are Flying (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning story of couple who are blissfully in love until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Also coming on March 24 is John M. Stahl’s 1945 Hollywood masterpiece Leave Her to Heaven (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a stunning Technicolor melodrama in which novelist Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) finds the perfect woman in Ellen (Gene Tierney), a beautiful socialite who initiates a whirlwind romance that soon reveals monstrous depths. Arriving March 31 in a new 4K restoration, director-producer-star Barbra Streisand’s 1991 drama The Prince of Tides (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95) is an emotionally wrenching adaptation of Pat Conroy’s bestselling novel about a man (Nick Nolte) summoned to New York by his his sister’s psychiatrist (Streisand) after his sibling attempts suicide. Also slated for March 31 is James Whale’s beloved 1936 Show Boat (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), an adaptation of Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern’s immortal musical version of Edna Ferber’s sprawling novel that stars Irene Dunne, Helen Morgan, Hattie McDaniel, and Paul Robeson, who performs a soul-shaking rendition of “Ol’ Man River.”