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Mikail Kalatozov, Nicholas Ray & Barbra Streisand from  Criterion UK in April

22 January 2020

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed the titles to be released on Blu-ray in April 2020.

On 13 April comes The Cranes are Flying, a landmark film by the virtuosic Mikhail Kalatozov. A superbly crafted drama with impassioned performances, viscerally emotional and gravity defying cinematography by Sergei Urusevsky. Following on 20 April, Legendary director Nicolas Ray's They Live By Night. Ray uses revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come. On 27 April The Prince of Tides arrives. For her second feature as a director, Barbra Streisand crafted a sumptuous, emotionally wrenching adaptation of Pat Conroy's best-selling novel – which she also produced and starred in.

 

The Cranes Are Flying Blu-ray cover art

THE CRANES ARE FLYING [LETYAT ZHURAVLI] (1957) | Blu-ray | 13 April 2020

This landmark film by the virtuosic Mikhail Kalatozov (Letter Never Sent) was heralded as a revelation in the post-Stalin Soviet Union and the international cinema community alike. It tells the story of Veronica and Boris, a couple who are blissfully in love until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. With Boris at the front, Veronica must try to ward off spiritual numbness and defend herself from the increasingly forceful advances of her beau’s draft-dodging cousin. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a superbly crafted drama with impassioned performances and viscerally emotional, gravity defying cinematography by Kalatozov’s regular collaborator Sergei Urusevsky (I Am Cuba).

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with scholar Ian Christie on why the film is a landmark of Soviet cinema
  • Audio interview from 1961 with director Mikhail Kalatozov
  • Hurricane Kalatozov, a documentary from 2009 on the Georgian director’s complex relationship with the Soviet government
  • Segment from a 2008 program about the film’s cinematography, featuring original storyboards and an interview with actor Alexei Batalov
  • Interview from 2001 with filmmaker Claude Lelouch on the film’s French premiere at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

 

They Live By Night Blu-ray cover art

THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (1948) | Blu-ray | 20 April 2020

Legendary director Nicholas Ray (In a Lonely Place, Rebel Without a Cause) began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Rope’s Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Ben-Hur’s Cathy O'Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theatre to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger
  • New video interview with film critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • Short piece from 2007 with film critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone, and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
  • Illustrated audio interview excerpts from 1956 with producer John Houseman
  • PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz

 

Prince of Tides Blu-ray cover art

THE PRINCE OF TIDES (1991) | Blu-ray | 27 April 2020

For her acclaimed second feature as a director, Babra Streisand (Yentl) crafted a sumptuous, emotionally wrenching adaptation of Pat Conroy’s best-selling novel—which she also produced and starred in. Summoned to New York after his sister attempts suicide, Tom Wingo (Cape Fear’s Nick Nolte) must serve as her memory, reckoning with the traumas of their southern childhood so that her psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Lowenstein (Streisand), can help her recover. But Tom’s sessions with Lowenstein will plunge him into the depths of his own long-repressed pain – and reawaken the possibility of love within him. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Nolte’s soulful performance, The Prince of Tides is a life-affirming tale of healing and renewal from a triple-threat filmmaker with a keen and humane insight into her characters’ sorrows, joys, and yearnings.

Director-Approved Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Barbra Streisand, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Streisand, recorded in 1991 and updated in 2019
  • Making-of featurette from 1991
  • Excerpt from a 2018 interview with Streisand, conducted by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez on El Rey Network’s The Director’s Chair 
  • Audition and rehearsal footage
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Costume and makeup tests
  • Alternate end credits with vocal performance by Streisand
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Gag reel
  • Production-stills gallery and other archival materials
  • Interview with author Pat Conroy from a 1992 episode of Cinema Showcase with Jim Whaley
  • Interview with Streisand from a 1992 episode of the British television show Aspel & Company with Michael Aspel
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film historian Bruce Eder