Criterion Presents Bottle Rocket, The Third Man, Others

Start saving your pennies.

Criterion have announced their November schedule and they’re moving into High-Definition (at last). The highlights for me are Bottle Rocket and The Third Man.

Full specs and cover pics for each film are here for you to read.

– New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director
Wes Anderson and director of photography Robert Yeoman
– Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on Blu-ray)
– Commentary by director/co-writer Anderson and co-writer/star Owen Wilson
– The Making of “Bottle Rocket”: an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, James L. Brooks, James Caan, Temple Nash Jr., Kumar Pallana, Polly Platt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Musgrave, Richard Sakai, David and Sandy Wasco, Andrew and Luke and Owen Wilson, and Robert Yeoman
– The original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992
– Eleven deleted scenes
– Anamorphic screen test, storyboards, location photos, and behind-the-scenes
photographs by Laura Wilson
Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman
– The Shafrazi Lectures, no. 1: Bottle Rocket
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by executive producer James L. Brooks, an appreciation by Martin Scorsese, and original artwork by Ian Dingman.

– Restored high-definition digital transfer
– Uncompressed mono soundtrack
– Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich
– Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter
Tony Gilroy, and one by film scholar Dana Polan

– Shadowing “The Third Man” (2005), a ninety-minute feature documentary
on the making of the film

– Abridged recording of Graham Greene’s treatment, read by actor Richard Clarke
– “Graham Greene: The Hunted Man,” an hour-long, 1968 episode of the BBC’s Omnibus series, featuring a rare interview with the novelist
– Who Was The Third Man ? (2000), a thirty-minute Austrian documentary
featuring interviews with cast and crew

The Third Man on the radio: the 1951 “A Ticket to Tangiers” episode of The Lives of Harry Lime series, written and performed by Orson Welles, and the 1951 Lux Radio Theatre
adaptation of
The Third Man
– Illustrated production history with rare behind-the-scenes photos,
original UK press book, and U.S. trailer

– Actor Joseph Cotten’s alternate opening voice-over narration for the U.S. version
– Archival footage of postwar Vienna
– A look at the untranslated foreign dialogue in the film
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by Luc Sante.

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