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Criterion's 2014 Teaser Suggests 'Scanners', Hulot Box Set, 'Red River' and More in 2014

Picnic at Hanging Rock, A Raisin in the Sun and more expected to be on the way

Criterion Collection 2014 Teaser Image
Photo: Criterion Collection

Criterion has released their annual New Year teaser image hinting at titles we can expect from the boutique distributor over the course of the new year and the most easily recognizable titles include David Cronenberg's Scanners, an upgraded version of Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, Howard Hawks' Red River and a box set celebrating Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, which would seem to suggest Blu-ray editions of Mr. Hulot's Holiday and Mon Oncle.

I'd say we may be able to expect Daniel Petrie's A Raisin in the Sun and I can't tell if the deer in the bushes suggest The Deer Hunter or not. The beatles in the grass could suggest Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night and the girl with the long black hair at the picnic could mean Hideo Nakata's Ringu.

The red sun seems almost obviously Terence Young's Red Sun and is it possible the angel with the bell means a Criterion edition of Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life while some seem to think the rest of the angels in the water suggest Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves. As for the rest, I have no idea.

What's with the convict at the picnic blanket and the angel with the umbrella and the other with some sort of animal skin on its back? I've seen The Big Chill suggested based on the dancing on the beach, but I've only seen the film once and... well... I don't know.

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

    I'd love it if they did Hard Days Night.

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

      If they were to do that, I'd be first in line to buy it.

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

      Seems likely, considering the director has a phantom page on Criterion's website.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    Ho shit I'd love to see a Criterion bundle for Scanners. That would be an instant buy for me.

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

      Criterion will actually be doing Scanners and The Brood. Both should be out this year.

      • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

        Really???? Oh man, even MORE excited! Thanks!

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

    Is there a reason 2001: A Space Odyssey is not on criterion?

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

      Warner Bros. would have to give them the rights to release it.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    I'm a relatively new film fan. Can someone please explain to me what makes a Criterion release so special? What is it anyway?

    • Joseph Bridges

      Criterion specializes in releases that are important to the world of film. A lot of these films would never see the light of day because studios dont want to risk money on a dvd/blu ray release of a movie that only 5 people remember. Criterion on the other hand has a gigantic fan base that will buy any of their well packaged and put together releases that could almost be a single film class in box. If it were not for Criterion, I would never have found my way into samurai films, Italian Neo Realism, or the works of pretty obscure directors like Jean Vigo who had made a total of 4 films when he died at the age of 29 in 1934. Since I didnt go to school for film, I use the Criterion Collection for a kind of film study that has been going on for me know about 6 years and it gets better every year.

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

      Yeah they're both very selective in terms of which films they choose and also very broad in that they choose films from all eras, all over the world. Additionally, the releases themselves are of very high quality. They generally have specialized artwork incorporated into the packaging, which is sturdy and not the cheap recyclable cases many other studios use. Every film includes a booklet with added details about the film and at least one essay by a well-known critic. Sometimes several essays are included, or even portions of the screenplay. They generally incorporate a wealth of special features along with the film, and the discs never ever have trailers or anti-piracy tags or all the other clutter mainstream studios put on their releases. And the transfers themselves are of the highest technical quality, often involving complete restorations of older films; every effort is made to involve the director or cinematographer of the film in question if they're still living. So essentially, they're releases that show great respect to the films in question, and to the art of film in general.

  • ClassicWingers

    I'd love to see Criterion release PTA's Magnolia. I don't see any frogs falling from the sky...

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

      Unlikely. Already a Blu-Ray release and Warner Bros. owns the rights, who are notorious for refusing to license out their films.

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

    I'd encourage people to seek out Breaking The Waves, sometimes sweet, sometimes powerful, always Von Trier.

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

    As always, should be an exciting year from Criterion.

    I'd also recommend checking out this post on the CriterionForum, where many of the commenters have guessed some other titles.

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

    Oh I can only hope that Criterion is releasing The Deer Hunter. That film deserves the special treatment! Plus, Breaking the Waves. An astounding film that still retains much of its power. Lars von Trier's best film still.

  • Matt

    I'm seeing a Jacques Demy box set. Look at the angels in the water (Bay of Angels). One is wearing a donkey costume (Donkey Skin), the other has an umbrella (Umbrellas of Cherbourg).

  • NitPicker68

    Brad, the people dancing on the beach are seen by some as the opening credits from David Lynch's Mullholland Drive. The singing California Raisin, whose only song was I Heard It Through The Grapevine, is (to me at least) a stronger connection to The Big Chill. Although I wouldn't mind some Wil Vinton claymation from Criterion.

  • Aaron Pynn

    The animal skin is probably Remy's Peau D'ane

  • Adam Michael Clawson

    A Hulot Box would be awesome.