While you likely already saved your money to buy The Criterion Collection‘s boxset for Krzysztof Kieslowski‘s masterpiece “Dekalog“ this month, the boutique label doesn’t make it easy to be a cinephile on a budget. And their December lineup certainly looks poised to break a few wallets (while randomly revealing one title for February).
Kicking things off is Federico Fellini‘s “Roma,” with the master filmmaker’s 1972 movie newly-restored, to provide an even more breathtaking look at his love letter to the city. The bonus features will include audio commentary from Frank Burke, author of “Fellini’s Films,” interviews from a variety of people including Paolo Sorrentino, deleted scenes, and more.
Noir enthusiasts will be eager to snap up John Huston‘s classic “The Asphalt Jungle.” With a fresh 2K restoration, the jewel heist flick will come loaded with great bonus material including “Pharos of Chaos,” a 1983 documentary about actor Sterling Hayden, an episode of the television program “City Lights” from 1979 featuring John Huston, and much, much more.
For the three of you who have been eagerly awaiting Ermanno Olmi’s Palme d’Or winning “The Tree of Wooden Clogs,” today is your lucky day. The film is finally coming to Criterion in a new 4K restoration in February, with lots of goodies including “Ermanno Olmi: The Roots of the Tree,” an hour-long episode of “The South Bank Show” from 1981. Basically, for anyone doing an arthouse deep dive, this is one not to miss.
Lastly, Laurie Anderson‘s documentary “Heart Of A Dog” gets the Criterion treatment in a mostly bare bones set, while Luis Bunuel‘s “The Exterminating Angel” gets a Blu-ray upgrade.