We are fast approaching the holiday season, with Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas creeping up behind it, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look toward the end of winter, right? And if you want to have something to look forward to in February 2023, the Criterion Collection is adding quite a few great titles that film fans will want to pick up.
The month is led by the 4K UHD release of “Dazed and Confused,” the iconic teen comedy film by director Richard Linklater. The release comes with a new 4K digital restoration of the director’s cut, supervised and approved by the director and his cinematographer, Lee Daniel. Then, of course, you get the slew of behind-the-scenes goodies that you have come to expect from Criterion.
Also in February, there’s the Criterion release of “Romeo and Juliet.” No, we’re not talking about Baz Luhrmann’s ‘90s take on the classic. Criterion is releasing Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film featuring Olivia Hussey in the role of Juliet. The release also sports a new 4K digital restoration as well as a ton of other bonus features.
In addition to those films, February sees the Criterion releases of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy of films. As is the case with most everything, the “Three Colors” films are all getting new 4K restorations and behind-the-scenes extras. In addition, there will be a number of short films from Kieślowski included in the release.
Finally, rounding out the month, you have “India Song” and “Baxter, Vera Baxter,” two acclaimed films by Marguerite Duras, as well as Robert Townsend’s “Hollywood Shuffle,” which marked the directorial debut for the actor-comedian.