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Criterion Announces October 2013 Titles: 'La Notte', Cassavetes, 'The Uninvited' and 'Eyes Without a Face"

New Antonioni is exciting enough for me

Criterion October 2013 ReleasesCriterion has announced their October 2013 releases and it includes brand new Michelangelo Antonioni, the company's first DVD box set Blu-ray upgrade and a Blu-ray upgrade of a film many were talking about when Holy Motors premiered last year.

First is Antonioni's La Notte (10/29) starring Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau, which I first watched on Netflix Instant what feels like a long, long, long time ago. I can hardly remember the story of a couple who confront the issues within their relationship and the world around them over the course of one night. The version I saw was dark and I can only assume this new 4K digital restoration will be worth the price even if the included features are merely a couple of new interviews, an essay by Richard Brody and a 1961 article by Antonioni.

Another new title to the collection is Lewis Allen's 1944 haunted house feature The Uninvited (10/22), which I have never seen and also comes with slim pickings in the feature department with only a visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda on the disc an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme in the booklet.

There are two Blu-ray upgrades coming to the collection in the form of Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (10/15), which many were referencing after seeing Leo Carax's Holy Motors last year and the company's first DVD box set upgrade in the five-film John Cassavetes collection (10/22).

Of these latter two I've never seen Eyes Without a Face and am looking forward to getting a chance and of the Cassavetes collection films I've only seen The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. The four other films are Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence and Opening Night along with Charles Kiselyak's documentary A Constant Forge - The Life and Art of John Cassavetes.

Finally, René Clair's supernatural screwball comedy I Married a Witch (10/8) is also new to the collection and is yet another title coming in October limited in features as it only includes an old audio interview with Clair and an essay by filmmaker Guy Maddin and a 1970 interview with Clair inside the included booklet.

Anything catch your eye? The Antonioni title is top on my list followed by the Cassavetes collection and I would really love to sink my teeth into both Eyes Without a Face and The Uninvited.

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  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    Kind of a disappointing month to me.

    I already own Eyes Without a Face and the Cassavetes' on DVD, and don't feel the urge to upgrade them immediately. Though, Brad, I would certainly recommend you check those out, as they are excellent.

    La Notte is one I will definitely be checking out, though I Married a Witch and The Uninvited I will need to rent before buying. I'm annoyed that those two are so bare bones, though.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Isn't The Devil's Backbone getting a release this October as well?

    • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

      Nope, end of July.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

        Ah, that's even better. Great movie.

        • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

          Yeah, it's probably my favorite Del Toro.

        • http://letterboxd.com/vchile/ VChile

          It's included in the B&N sale as well.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/racquetman/ racquetman

    Anyone have a guess as to when Mulholland Drive will be released considering it was teased about a month ago?

    • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

      That hint wasn't really official. There has been no confirmation from Criterion that they will be releasing Mulholland Dr... Eraserhead will probably be coming out next month, though.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/racquetman/ racquetman

        No, it wasn't official, but why would they post something like that if it meant absolutely nothing? What else could it mean other than it's in the works?

        • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

          It's not the first time that Criterion has made references or even posted images from another film that isn't in there collection... It's not like it was one of their newsletter clues or something.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/racquetman/ racquetman

            Well, you would no a lot better than me, that's for sure. I'll be pissed, though, if it didn't mean anything. I've been waiting for a blu-ray release of this movie for a long time and I'm sure that I'm not alone.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      I don't think that was even a tease, just something they found interesting and reblogged on Tumblr. It wasn't even their post.

      However, expect Eraserhead by the end of the year.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

        I would definitely purchase Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive but most of the others i haven't heard of im afraid, i'll catch up eventually

  • Joseph Bridges

    Eyes Without a Face is spectacular. I wish Criterion would pick up some of Franju's other films like Judex or Nuites Rouges.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/dlhartzog/ david hartzog

    Great news! The Uninvited is arguably the greatest ghost story to come out of Hollywood, The Haunting not withstanding. La Notte is Antonioni at his best, and Eyes a terrific French neonoir.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lokipei/ lokipei

    The Cassavetes box set is the best pre blu-ray boxset that Critetion put out. No new features on this one, so I probably will pass, however it is worth purchasing for the 200 minute Constant Forge documentary. Faces and A Woman Under the Influence are amazing films as well. Here's hoping Criterion will one day release Husbands on blu-ray, although I think there may be a rights issue.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    The Uninvited grabs my attention but the rest I'm less familiar with other than names.