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Criterion’s February slate includes Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, Silence of the Lambs, Tom Jones & more!

November 15, 2017 - 12:35 pm   |   by

All right, we’ve got one more quick update for you here at The Bits today...

Our friends at The Criterion Collection have just announced their February 2018 Blu-ray and DVD slate, which is set to include an update of Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows (Spine #35 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 2/6, an update of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (Spine #13 – Blu-ray and DVD – from a new 4K scan) and George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (Spine #910 – Blu-ray and DVD – from a new 4K scan) on 2/13, Satyajit Ray’s The Hero (Spine #911 – Blu-ray and DVD) and Kon Ichikawa’s An Actor’s Revenge (Spine #912 – Blu-ray and DVD – from a new 4K scan) on 2/20, and finally Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones (Spine #909 – Blu-ray and DVD – from a new 4K scan) on 2/17. [Read on here…]

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Naturally, we’ve updated our Criterion Spines Project page here at The Bits with the new titles.

Get this... Night of the Living Dead will be a 2-disc Blu-ray set that includes a new 4K scan and monaural soundtrack restoration supervised by director George A. Romero and the filmmakers, Night of Anubis (a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film), a new program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez, never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel, a new program featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start, 2 audio commentaries from 1994 (featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O’Dea, and more), archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley, new programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls, new interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner, trailer, radio spots, and TV spots, plus an essay by critic Stuart Klawans. That’s about as good as it gets.

Click here to visit the Criterion website for the details on these new editions, and here’s a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork (we’ll add the Amazon.com pre-order links as they become available)...

Night of the Living Dead (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) The Silence of the Lambs (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Tom Jones (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

The Hero (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) An Actor's Revenge (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Elevator to the Gallows (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned...

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