The Criterion Collection kicks off the New Year on January 7 with George Cukor’s effervescent 1938 romantic comedy Holiday (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in this second film adaptation of a hit 1928 play by Philip Barry. Slated for January 21 is Jean-Luc Godard’s long-unavailable sophomore feature Le petit soldat (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), the director’s first collaboration with his iconic muse Anna Karina for a thriller that tackles the use of torture in the Algerian War. Coming January 28 is director Pedro Almodóvar’s beloved 1999 drama All About My Mother (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), the Spanish auteur’s Oscar-winning ode to maternal love and female fortitude, starring Cecilia Roth as the head of a surrogate family that includes a pregnant and HIV-positive nun (Penélope Cruz), an illustrious star of the stage (Marisa Paredes), and a transgender sex worker (Antonia San Juan). Finally, looks for a celebration of filmmaker Sidney Lumet with a new 4K restoration of his arresting 1964 nuclear-war thriller Fail Safe (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95) on January 28, along with a January 14 release of a Blu-ray edition of his 1960 Tennessee Williams adaptation The Fugitive Kind (Blu-ray: $39.95), starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani.
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.
Offering an in-depth look at the career of the titular celebrated journalist, Mike Wallace is Here (DVD: $26.98) is slated for release on October 29 from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Directed by Avi Belkin, this documentary showcases the hard-hitting nature of commentator Mike Wallace (1918-2012) via archival footage that offers an unflinching look at the legendary reporter who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his over 50 years on air. With an aggressive reporting style and showmanship that redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters, Wallace’s storied body of work is prominently showcased throughout this film that incorporates decades of exclusive footage from the 60 Minutes vault.
Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (DVD: $26.98), slated for September 17. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the film offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of acclaimed Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison (1931-2019). From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, OH, to her 1970s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Morrison led an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history, and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. The Pieces I Am includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works—including her novels The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, and Beloved—her role as an editor of iconic African American literature, and her time teaching at Princeton University. Bonus features include deleted scenes and portraits by Greenfield-Sanders.
The Criterion Collection’s November slate leads off November 12 with a 4K restoration of Greg Mottola’s 1996 comedy The Daytrippers (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), starring Hope Davis, Parker Posey, Anne Meara, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci in a tale centered on the case of a wife who turns to her strong-willed family when she discovers a love letter written to her husband by an unknown paramour. Coming November 19 is a three-hour director’s cut of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s intoxicating 1986 arthouse smash Betty Blue (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), in which an easygoing would-be novelist (Jean-Hugues Anglade) begins a love affair with the tempestuous Betty (Béatrice Dalle) in a sunbaked French beach town. Also arriving November 19 is the home video debut of Paweł Pawlikowski’s sweeping, Oscar-nominated 2018 drama Cold War (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a tumultuous, passionate 15-year love story between a folk song-collecting musician (Tomasz Kot) and a captivating young singer (Joanna Kulig). Slated for November 26 is Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s beloved 1950 theater-world satire All About Eve (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: 2 discs, $39.95), featuring Bette Davis in an acid-tongued comeback performance as a Broadway legend who soon realizes that her supposed admirer (Anne Baxter) intends to use her as a stepping-stone to stardom. Also scheduled for November 26 and starring Bette Davis is Irving Rapper’s swoon-inducing 1942 melodrama Now, Voyager (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95)—debuting on Blu-ray—featuring the screen icon as a nervous spinster who looks for love and independence on a South American cruise.
On September 17, Gravitas Ventures is releasing the documentary Kings of Beer (DVD: $19.99, Blu-ray: $24.99). Directed by Sean Mullin, the film follows a diverse group of elite Budweiser Brewmasters from 65 breweries and 23 countries as they battle it out in an intense competition to brew the iconic American lager Budweiser. Judged by an illustrious group of experts sequestered deep within the historic walls of Budweiser’s “Room 220” in St. Louis—responsible for ensuring the quality of over a quarter of the world’s beer—the Brewmaster who can brew the best, most consistent American Lager over a 12-month period will bring home the coveted Global Brewmaster Cup. Featuring unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, this exclusive look at the rigorous standards and intense competition that characterizes the brewing process includes appearances by Aisha Tyler, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Michael Voltaggio.
Shout! Factory has announced the upcoming release of Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll, slated for November 19. The unforgettable life and music of legendary rock pioneer Chuck Berry are celebrated in Taylor Hackford’s landmark feature film, capturing a once-in-a-lifetime 1986 gathering of rock ‘n’ roll’s finest when Keith Richards invited a roster of brilliant musicians to honor Berry and commemorate his 60th birthday. Featuring performances by Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, and Julian Lennon, along with archival footage of an unforgettable duet by Chuck and John Lennon, bonus features include an intro by Hackford, rehearsal footage, “The Reluctant Movie Star” making-of documentary, the two-part documentary “Witnesses to History,” a collection of “Chuckisms,” and “The Burnt Scrapbook” retrospective with Berry and The Band’s Robbie Robertson.
Music Box Films Home Entertainment is presenting the home video debut of the highly lauded documentary feature Hesburgh (DVD: $29.95), slated for release on September 10. Directed by Patrick Creadon, the film chronicles the remarkable life and career of Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh CSC (1917-2015), who is best known for serving as the president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years until 1987. In addition to his career as the author and educator who oversaw Notre Dame’s transition to a nationally respected institution of higher education, Hesburgh was also active during some of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history, advancing the causes of peace and equal rights for all and receiving such notable honors as the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2000. Hesburgh reveals how world leaders called on the reverend for advice as he built a reputation as a savvy political operator with a penchant for bridging the divide between bitter enemies–an example of bipartisan leadership that would serve us in our increasingly polarized times. Bonus features include extended interviews and rarely seen commencement speeches from President Dwight Eisenhower, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others.