It’s official: the e-mail below appeared in my in-box this morning, from Criterion’s New York publicist:
Hello – The time has arrived! Several titles from the Criterion Collection are set for Blu-ray treatment beginning in October. These new editions will feature glorious high-definition picture and sound, all the supplemental content of the DVD releases, and will be priced to match Criterion’s standard-def editions.
Titles lined up at this point include:
The Third Man
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Last Emperor
The 400 Blows
The Complete Monterey Pop
For All Mankind
The Wages of Fear
Alongside the DVD and Blu-ray box sets of The Last Emperor, Criterion will also release the theatrical version as a stand-alone release in both formats, priced at $39.95. The Blu-ray release of Walkabout will be an all-new edition, featuring new supplements as well as a new transfer. An updated anamorphic DVD of Nicolas Roeg’s outback masterpiece will be released at the same time.
In other news, Glenn Kenny, whacked by the front office imbeciles at premiere.com, has set up shop with his own Typepad blog, which he’s calling
Some Came Running (after the Minnelli masterpiece which, by happy coincidence, finally comes out on DVD this Tuesday).