Several new titles are coming from Criterion in the next month.
High schooler Nanbu Kiroku yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku’s sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage crazed violence. Fighting Elegy is a unique masterpiece in the diverse career of Seijun Suzuki, combining the director’s signature bravura visual style with a brilliantly focused satire of machismo and facism.
The disc boasts a new, restored high-definition digital transfer in widescreen, the original theatrical trailer, a new essay and improved subtitles and arrives on January 11th.
Youth of the Beast:
When a mysterious stranger muscles into two rival yakuza gangs, Tokyo’s underworld explodes with violence. Youth of the Beast was a breakthrough for director Seijun Suzuki, introducing the flamboyant colors, hallucinatory images, and striking compositions that would become his trademark. The Criterion Collection proudly presents the film that revitalized the yakuza genre and helped define the inimitable style of a legendary cinematic renegade.
Similarily, this disc contains a restored high-definition digital transfer in widescreen, the original theatrical trailer, a new essay and improved subtitles and arrives on January 11th.
Jacques Becker lovingly evokes the Belle Èpoque Parisian demimonde in this classic tale of doomed romance. When gangster’s moll Marie (Simone Signoret) falls for reformed criminal Manda (Serge Reggiani) thier passion incites an underworld rivalry that leads inexorably to treachery and tragedy.
The disc contains an audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie a 1995 video interview with actor Serge Reggiani, a 1963 interview with actress Simone Signoret from the French television program Cinépanorama, an excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps, dedicated to Jacques Becker, rare behind the scenes forage and a new Essay The DVD arrives on January 18th.
Touchez pas au grisbi:
Jean Gabin is at his most wearily romantic as aging gangster Max le Menteur in the Jacques Becker gem Touchez pas au grisbi (Hands Off the Loot!). Having pulled off the heist of a lifetime, Max looks forward to spending his remaining days relaxing with his beautiful young girlfriend. But when Riton (René Dary), Max’s hapless partner and best friend, lets word of the loot slip to loose-lipped, two-timing Josy (Jeanne Moreau), Max is reluctantly drawn back into the underworld. A touchstone of the gangster-film genre, Touchez pas au girsbi is also pure Becker—understated, elegant, evocative.
The disc arrives on January 18th with a video interview with actors Lino Ventura and Daniel Cauchy and composer Jen Weiner, the original trailer and an essay.