Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Criterion's Crashin' Into Me

Y'all shoulda heard the sound that squeaked outta me when I opened my email from Criterion today, with our December release announcement, and David Cronenberg's delicious NC-17 perv-fest Crash was staring right back at me. Believe me when I say that it was... basso profundo, my friends. Twas a helluva squeak.

I actually haven't seen Crash in quite awhile, so I look forward to spending my holidays rubbing my scars up and down its smooth surfaces -- it hits right on December 1st! Here are the extra special features on the set:


New 4K digital restoration supervised by director of photography Peter Suschitzky, and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both approved by director David Cronenberg
Audio commentary from 1997 featuring Cronenberg
Press conference from the 1996 Cannes Film Festival featuring Cronenberg; Suschitzky; author J. G. Ballard; producers Robert Lantos and Jeremy Thomas; and actors Rosanna Arquette, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, James Spader, and Deborah Kara Unger
Q&A from 1996 with Cronenberg and Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London
Behind-the-scenes footage and press interviews from 1996
PLUS: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang

But that, of course, is not all Criterion's got up their sleeve for the holiday season -- they're also dropping Robert Bresson's Mouchette, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amoros Perros, and William Greaves' two-part "one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid" Symbiopsychotaxiplasm -- I bet they're breathing a sigh of relief that they had Greaves (a black filmmaker) on tap for release after that recent NYT piece rightfully took them to town for their lack of diversity. Anyway you can read all about them over on Criterion's site! Thoughts on these choices? 

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