Sunday, July 21, 2013

Criterion Plans a Trio of Horrors for Halloween Season

The Criterion Collection can always be counted on to deliver at least one deluxe reissue of a classic horror film in time for Halloween. In 2011, Island of Lost Souls finally came to DVD and Blu-ray after years of rabid anticipation. Last year we got a long overdue refurbishment of Rosemary's Baby. This year, Criterion plans to give us a ghoulish glut of three classic creep shows. October 8 will see the DVD and Blu-ray debut of René Clair's atmospheric supernatural romantic-comedy I Married a Witch. On October 15, we'll get George Franju's Eyes Without a Face, which first got the Criterion treatment on DVD in 2004, but will now be getting it on Blu-ray for the first time. The biggest and most delightful surprise is the DVD and Blu-ray coming out of Lewis Allen's The Uninvited, an alternately amusing and sincerely creepy ghost story that has been out of circulation for a long time. This one arrives just in time for our favorite holiday on October 22.

Criterion's upcoming DVD and Blu-ray editions of I Married a Witch, Eyes without a Face, and The Uninvited can all be pre-ordered at Amazon.com here (specs follow below):

And now, the specs for each disc...

I Married a Witch
  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio interview with director René Clair
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Guy Maddin and a 1970 interview with Clair
 Eyes without a Face
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Blood of the Beasts, Georges Franju’s 1949 documentary about the slaughterhouses of Paris (new high-definition digital restoration on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Archival interviews with Franju on horror, cinema, and the making of Blood of the Beasts
  • New interview with actor Edith Scob (Blu-ray only)
  • Excerpt from Les Grands-pères du crime, a 1985 documentary about Eyes Without a Face writers Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
  • Trailers
  • Stills gallery of rare production photos and promotional material (DVD only)
  • Plus: A booklet featuring essays by novelist Patrick McGrath and film historian David Kalat

The Uninvited
  • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
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