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Truman Capote, Theodore Witcher & Leo McCarey from Criterion in April

25 January 2022

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed the titles to be released on Blu-ray in April 2022.

On 4 April comes In Cold Blood, the movie of Truman Capote's best selling book and a chilling account of crime and punishment in America. Following on 25 April comes Love Jones, the smart, sexy, and stylish debut feature of writer-director Theodore Witcher is a love story for anyone who has ever wondered, 'How do I know when I've found the one?' Also on 25 April comes Make Way for Tomorrow, by Leo McCarey, one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap.

 

In Cold Blood Blu-ray cover art

 IN COLD BLOOD (USA 1967) | Blu-ray | 4 Apil 2022

Truman Capote's best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Looking for Mr. Goodbar). Cast for their unsettling resemblances to the killers they play, Robert Blake (Electra Glide in Blue, Lost Highway) and Scott Wilson (The Great Gatsby. The Walking Dead) give authentic, unshowy performances as Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, who in 1959 murdered a family of four in Kansas during a botched robbery. Brooks brings a detached, documentary-like starkness to this uncompromising view of an American tragedy and its aftermath; at the same time, stylistically In Cold Blood is a filmmaking master class, with clinically precise editing, chiaroscuro black-and-white cinematography by the great Conrad L. Hall (Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Fat City, Marathon Man), and a menacing jazz score by Quincy Jones (In the Heat of the Night, The Italian Job, The Getaway).

SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack 
  • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey on the film's cinematography 
  • New interview with film historian Bobbie O'Steen on the film's editing 
  • New interview with film critic and jazz historian Gary Giddins on the film's music by Quincy Jones 
  • New interview with writer Douglass Daniel on director Richard Brooks 
  • Interview with Brooks from 1988 from the French television series Cinéma cinemas 
  • Interview with actor Robert Blake from 1968 from the British television series Good Evening with Jonathan King 
  • With Love from Truman, a short 1966 documentary featuring novelist Truman Capote, directed by Albert and David Maysles
  • Two archival NBC interviews with Capote: one following the author on a 1966 visit to Holcomb, Kansas, and the other conducted by Barbara Walters in 1967 
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara

 

Love Jone Blu-ray cover art

LOVE JONES (USA 1997) | Blu-ray | 25 Apil 2022

Steeped in the bohemian cool of Chicago's 1990s Black creative scene, love jones – the smart, sexy, and stylish debut feature of writer-director Theodore Witcher – is a love story for anyone who has ever wondered: How do I know when I've found the one? Larenz tate (Menace II Society) and Nia Long (The Best Man) have magnetism and chemistry to burn as the striving, artistically talented twentysomethings – he's a poet, she's a photographer – who spark over their love of literature and jazz, but whose mutual reluctance to commit to a relationship leaves them both navigating an emotional minefield of confusion, jealousy, and regrets. Velvety cinematography; an unforgettable, eclectic soundtrack; sophisticated dialogue; and refreshingly low-key, naturalistic performances by an ensemble cast that also includes Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson, Bill Bellamy, Bernadette Speakes, and Leonard Roberts come together in an intoxicating, seductively moody romance that engages both the heart and the mind.

DIRECTOR APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Theodore Witcher, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New interview with Witcher and film scholar Racquel J. Gates
  • New interview with music scholars Mark Anthony Neal and Shana L. Redmond on the soundtrack
  • Panel discussion featuring Witcher and members of the cast and crew
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Danielle A. Jackson

 

Make Way for Tomorrow Blu-ray cover art

MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (USA 1937) | Blu-ray | 25 Apil 2022

Make Way for Tomorrow, by Leo McCarey(An Affair to Remember), is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap. Beulah Bondi (It's a Wonderful Life) and Victor Moore (Swing Time) headline a cast of incomparable character actors, starring as an elderly couple who must move in with their grown children after the bank takes their home, yet end up separated and subject to their offspring's selfish whims. An inspiration for Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story, this is among American cinema's purest tearjerkers, all the way to its unflinching ending, which McCarey refused to change despite studio pressure.

SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today, an interview from 2009 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich discussing the career of director Leo McCarey and Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Video interview from 2009 with critic Gary Giddins, in which he talks about McCarey's artistry and the political and social context of the film
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Tag Gallagher and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, and an excerpt from film scholar Robin Wood's 1998 piece Leo McCarey and Family Values.