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Fast Times at Ridgemont High & Masculin Féminin from Criterion in May

2 March 2020

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed the titles to be released on Blu-ray in the UK in May 2021. On 17 May comes Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The wild world of adolescence has rarely been captured with as sharp an observational eye as in this refreshingly smart, frank spin on the teen comedy by director Amy heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe. Also on 17 May, Masculin Féminin is released.  Directed by Jean-Luc Godardthe film isa candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in pulsating 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can.

 

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FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (USA 1982) | Blu-ray | 17 May 2021

The wild world of adolescence has rarely been captured with as sharp an observational eye as in this refreshingly smart, frank spin on the teen comedy by director Amy Heckerling (Clueless) and screenwriter Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) – for each of whom it kicked off a hugely successful film career. Based on Crowe’s experiences going undercover as a student at a Southern California high school, Fast Times at Ridgemont High blends hormone-fueled hilarity with an almost sociological examination of the 1980s teenage experience: the shopping-mall hangouts, fast-food jobs, buzzkill teachers, awkward dates, and first experiences of love and sex. This pop-culture touchstone launched to stardom practically an entire cast of unknowns – including Jennifer Jason leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, and Sean penn as stoner icon Jeff Spicoli – and broke new ground in its raw yet sensitive depiction of the realities of coming of age.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Amy Heckerling, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe
  • Television version of the film from the eighties, featuring deleted and alternate scenes
  • New conversation with Heckerling and Crowe, moderated by filmmaker Olivia Wilde
  • Reliving Our “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” a 1999 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Audio discussion from 1982 with Heckerling at the American Film Institute
  • More!
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Dana Stevens and a new introduction by Crowe

 

Masculin Féminin Blu-ray cover art

MASCULIN FÉMININ (France 1966) | Blu-ray | 17 May 2021

With Masculin féminin, the ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless) introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music,
revolution, and one another. French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows) stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life yé-yé girl Chantal Goya). Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in pulsating 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Willy Kurant, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview from 1966 with actor Chantal Goya
  • Interviews from 2004 and 2005 with Goya, Kurant, and Jean-Luc Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Discussion of the film from 2004 between film critics Freddy Buache and Dominique Païni
  • Footage from Swedish television of Godard directing the “film within the film” scene
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Adrian Martin and a reprint of a report from the set by French journalist Philippe Labro