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Dee Rees, Howard Hawks and Andrei Tarkovsky on Criterion Blu-ray in July

27 April 2021

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed the titles to be released on Blu-ray in July 2021.

On 12 July comes Pariah, the assured feature debut by Dee Rees and an all too rare coming-of-age tale to honestly represent the experiences of queer Black women. Following on 26 July sees the release of classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby. Starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn this is one of the fastest and funniest films ever made. Also on 26 July Andrei Tarkovsky's Mirror arrives. The film is one of the director’s most renowned and influential works, a stunning personal statement from an artist transmitting his innermost thoughts and feelings directly from psyche to screen.

 

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PARIAH (USA 2011) | Blu-ray | 12 July 2021

The path to living as one’s authentic self is paved with trials and tribulations in this revelatory, assured feature debut by Dee Rees (Mudbound), an all too rare coming-of-age tale to honestly represent the experiences of queer Black women. Grounded in the fine-grained specificity and deft characterizations of Rees’s script and built around a beautifully layered performance from Adepero Oduye (12 Years a Slave), Pariah follows Brooklyn teenager Alike, who is dealing with the emotional minefields of both first love and heartache and the disapproval of her family as she navigates the expression of her gender and sexual identities within a system that does not make space for them. Achieving an aching intimacy with its subject through the expressive cinematography of Bradford Young (Arrival), his deeply felt portrait finds strength in vulnerability and liberation in letting go.

DIRECTOR APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • 2K digital transfer, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Dee Rees and filmmaker and scholar Michelle Parkerson
  • New cast reunion featuring Rees, Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Kim Wayans, Charles Parnell, and Aasha Davis, moderated by scholar Jacqueline Stewart
  • New programme on the making of the film, featuring Rees, cinematographer Bradford Young, production designer Inbal Weinberg, producer Nekisa Cooper, and editor Mako Kamitsuna, moderated by Stewart
  • New interview with film scholar Kara Keeling, author of Queer Times, Black Futures 
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Cassie da Costa

 

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BRINGING UP BABY (USA 1938) | Blu-ray | 26 July 2021

Screwball sparks fly when Cary Grant (Charade) and Katherine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story) let loose in one of the fastest and funniest films ever made, a high-wire act of invention that took American screen comedy to new heights of absurdity. Hoping to procure a million-dollar endowment from a wealthy society matron for his museum, a hapless palaeontologist (Grant) finds himself entangled with a dizzy heiress (Hepburn) as the manic misadventures pile up—a missing dinosaur bone, a leopard on the loose, and plenty of gender bending mayhem among them. Bringing Up Baby’s sophisticated dialogue, spontaneous performances, and giddy innuendo come together in a whirlwind of comic chaos captured with lightning-in-a-bottle brio by director Howard Hawks (Red River).

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • New video essay on actor Cary Grant by author Scott Eyman
  • New interview about cinematographer Russell Metty withcinematographer John Bailey
  • New interview with film scholar Craig Barron on special-effects pioneer Linwood Dunn
  • New selected-scene commentary about costume designer Howard Greer with costume historian Shelly Foote
  • Howard Hawks: A Hell of a Good Life, a 1977 documentary by Hans-Christoph Blumenberg featuring the director’s last filmed interview
  • Audio interview from 1969 with Grant
  • Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley

 

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MIRROR [ZERKALO] (Russia 1975) | Blu-ray | 26 July 2021

A subtly ravishing passage through the halls of time and memory, this sublime reflection on twentieth century Russian history by Andrei Tarkovsky (Stalker) is as much a poem composed in images, or a hypnagogic hallucination, as it is a work of cinema. In a richly textured collage of varying film stocks and newsreel footage, the recollections of a dying poet flash before our eyes, his dreams  mingling with scenes of childhood, wartime, and marriage, all imbued with the mystical power of a trance. Largely dismissed by Soviet critics on its release because of its elusive narrative structure, Mirror has since taken its place as one of the director’s most renowned and influential works, a stunning personal statement from an artist transmitting his innermost thoughts and feelings directly from psyche to screen.

DIRECTOR APPROVED SPECIAL BLU-RAY EDITION FEATURES: 

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Andrei Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer, a 2019 documentary about the director by his son Andrei A. Tarkovsky
  • The Dream in the Mirror, a new documentary by Louise Milne and Seán Martin
  • New interview with composer Eduard Artemyev
  • Islands: Georgy Rerberg, a 2007 documentary about the cinematographer
  • Archival interviews with Tarkovsky and screenwriter Alexander Misharin
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Carmen Gray and the 1968 film proposal and literary script by Tarkovsky and Misharin that they ultimately developed into Mirror