June's best Blu-ray and 4K reissues
Dazed and Confused, The Andromeda Strain and a trilogy of Ingmar Bergman films are amongst the best new Blu-ray and 4K reissues coming to hmv stores in June...
Dazed and Confused
Although director Richard Linklater made his breakthrough three years earlier with his second feature film Slacker, coining the term that would define a wave of low-budget films in the early 1990s, it's arguably his next movie, 1993's Dazed and Confused, that stands as the defining moment of his early career. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Rene Zellweger and Michelle Burke, the film is set during the last day at an Austin, Texas high school and is perhaps best known for Matthew McConnaughey's iconic performance as the town's resident dropout David Wooderson.
Linklater's films is one of this month's addition to the Criterion Collection, with a newly reissued version on Blu-ray heading into stores on June 10th. The Criterion edition includes a newly remastered version of the director's cut with Dolby Atmos 5.1 sound, as well as a range of bonus features including a commentary from Linklater, a new 50-minute documentary on the making of the film, footage from the 10th anniversary celebrations and rare on-set interviews with the cast.
The Andromeda Strain
These days Michael Crichton is a well-known name in cinema, with several of his novels – notably Jurassic Park and Westworld – having been adapted into huge hits both on television and in cinemas. The first of his stories to make the transition from page to screen however was his 1969 sci-fi novel The Andromeda Strain, brought to the screen by director Robert Wise in 1971. When the population of an entire town dies shortly after an American satellite crashes in the vicinity, the government sends in an elite scientific unit, who discover that the satellite may have brought an alien organism back to Earth in the form of a virus.
Wise's film is set to be reissued this month by the folks at Arrow Video, who have overseen a new 4K remaster of the film for a new Blu-ray edition heading into stores on June 3rd. Extras include two featurettes on the making of the film, an interview with the author and a cinescript gallery with annotated notes from the shooting script.
Scum - 40th Anniversary Edition
Alan Clarke's notorious 1979 film is best known these days as the launchpad for Ray Winstone's career, but at the time of its original release as a TV play, Scum, which depcited the harsh and violent reality of life inside a British borstal, was also famously the subject of a High Court case, brought against Channel 4 by infamous morality crusader Mary Whitehouse. Although the resulting ban was eventually overturned, Clarke and screenwriter set about making a new version to ensure their film got the audience it deserved.
A special anniversary edition to mark 40 years since the film's release is heading to stores this month courtesy of the folks at Powerhouse Films, who have overseen a new 2K restoration approved by cinematographer Phil Méheux. The new, limited edition Blu-ray arrives in stores on June 24th and comes with a range of extras, including interviews with cast members Winstone, Mick Ford, Ray Burdis and Perry Benson, as well as new featurettes on the making of the film with Phil Méheux and producer Don Boyd.
Forrest Gump - 25th Anniversary Edition
A quarter of a century after Forrest Gump first hit our screens, Tom Hanks' role as the titular oddball of Robert Zemeckis' 1994 movie remains one of his most iconic. To celebrate the film's 25th anniversary the film returns to cinemas this month for a series of anniversary screenings, but there's also a new 25th anniversary edition of the film heading to stores this month on 4K and Blu-ray.
The new anniversary edition includes a new 4K remaster of the film and range of extras, including featurettes on the film's soundtrack and visual effects, director commentary and a 55-minute Q&A panel session with the cast and crew filmed at the University of Southern California. The 25th Anniversary Edition is available in stores from June 3rd.
Derek Jarman's 1986 biopic of the celebrated (but controversial) 17th century artist is one of a handful of films being reissued in June by the BFI, making the recently remastered film available in HD for the first time outside of the BFI's Jarman box set.
The new edition comes with an impressive list of bonus features including interviews with cast members Tilda Swinton and Dexter Fletcher, a new selection of outtakes from the film's haunting score, and a 1986 interview with Jarman himself. The BFI edition of Caravaggio makes its arrival in stores on June 17th.
Blue Black Permanent
First released in 1992, Blue Black Permanent is not only the one and only feature film created by Scottish poet and filmmaker Margaret Tait, the film also holds the distinction of being the first Scottish feature film directed by a woman. Shot in Edinburgh and the Orkney Isles, the film tells the story of Greta (Celia Imrie), a woman haunted by the memory of he mother, a poet who drowned in the sea while Greta was still young.
Tait's often surreal film is being reissued this month by the folks at the BFI, who are set to release a dual-format edition of Blue Black Permanent with both Blu-ray and DVD discs on June 24th. Extras include a 1983 interview with Margaret Tait (her only interview on film), a 5-minute short by Tait about her mother and a new documentary outlining the impact of her work.
For All Mankind
First released in 1989, Al Reinert's documentary on the Apollo missions which resulted in the moon landings represented the first time that much of NASA's own footage of the missions had been available to the public. Reinart spent approximately ten years interviewing astronauts and other NASA personnel for the documentary, which is beautifully assembled and features music written by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.
The documentary is another of this month's additions to the Criterion Collection, with a new reissue of Reinart's documentary to make its landing in stores on June 24th. A newly restored version of the film, overseen by Reinart himself, is accompanied by a series of extras including a new documentary of the making of the film, An Accidental Gift, as well as interviews with 15 of the Apollo astronauts.
Ingmar Bergman Trilogy - Through a Glass Darkly / Winter Light / The Silence
As one of the most venerated filmmakers of all time, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman needs little introduction, but there has been a renewal of interest in his work in recent years and this month will see the folks at Criterion release a new box set featuring a trilogy of his finest works, which is due to arrive in stores on June 4th.
The new box set includes his 1961 film Through a Glass Darkly, as well as The Silence and Winter Light, both released in 1963. All have been subject to a new 2K restoration and the Blu-ray disc comes complete with a range of bonus features including an introduction to each of the films recorded by Bergman in 2003, interviews with cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Anderson, and a five-part documentary on Bergman's work by Swedish filmmaker Vilgot Sjöman.