The Criterion Memorandum For November 2016.
November is a really exciting month for Criterion. Two of the great contemporary American movies, from two of America’s finest directors join the collection. Criterion stalwart Noah Baumbach’s breakthrough hit, The Squid And The Whale is coming via a new 4K restoration and alongside a wealth of extra supplements, while Paul Thomas Anderson makes his bow in the collection with his most underrated feature, Punch-Drunk Love. Both have been a longtime coming, so for the pair to arrive within a week of one another is something else.
Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks went through one of the most infamous shoots of all, and it’ll be charted in a new Blu-ray edition from Criterion. The film has long-languished in Public Domain purgatory, but thanks to the folks at the Film Foundation the film that might one day have been ‘A Stanley Kubrick Picture' is now refreshed and presented with integrity. Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg supervised the restorative work.
In related territory stands Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, which features a fascinating acting performance from Scorsese, who portrays Vincent Van Gogh. It’s far more a curio than a masterpiece, but one which deserves to be seen nonetheless. Rounding out November is a collection of the popular Lone Wolf And Cub movies from Japan.
Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams and Punch-Drunk Love will be released in the UK in November.
The artwork for this month’s releases can be found below.