The best Blu-ray & 4K reissues coming in January 2022
James Bond joins the Titans of Cult range and a Jim Jarmusch classic gets a new restoration - these and more coming to Blu-ray and 4K in January...
Down by Law
One of the earliest entries in the extraordinary filmography of Jim Jarmusch, Down by Law arrived in 1986 and followed his Caméra d'Or-winning breakthrough film Stranger Than Paradise, this time with Tom Waits, John Lurie and Roberto Benigni starring in a story revolving around the escape of two convicts from a New Orleans prison. Shot in black & white by cinematographer Robby Müller, who would later work with Jarmusch on several films including Dead Man and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Down by Law joins the Criterion Collection this month, with a newly-restored version of the film available in stores from January 3.
The new Criterion edition also includes archival interview with Jarmusch and Müller, footage from the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, including press conference by cast and director, a new fan Q&A with the director, outtakes, production photos and more.
Casino Royale - Titans of Cult Limited Edition Steelbook
The latest addition to the highly collectable Titans of Cult series this month, Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond remains one of his most enjoyable, kicking off a stpry arc that finally culminated with 2021's No Time to Die.
This new, 4K Steelbook edition arrives in stores on January 10 and comes bundled with an exclusive mini poster and enamel pin badge, as well as a range of bonus materials including crew commentaries, deleted scenes and several featurettes exploring the making of the film and the work of James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming.
The Thing - Limited Collector's Edition
Several of horror icon John Carpenter’s classic films have been the subject of a limited reissue in recent months and in January his 1982 thriller The Thing becomes the latest of his movies to return to our stores in the form of a limited collector’s edition packed with exclusive goodies and bonus materials.
As well as 4K and Blu-ray presentations of the main feature, there’s also a bonus Blu-ray featuring Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s 2011 remake and an additional disc featuring Ennio Morricone’s original score. The bundle includes a booklet, a set of art cards and Matt Ferguson’s original film poster, while the list of extras includes commentary from Carpenter and star Kurt Russel, outtakes, trailers and more.
Italian filmmaker Mario Bava may not be as well-known these days as some of the directors who have cited his work as an influence, including Dario Argento, Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, but in a career spanning four decades Bava created a body of work that would prove hugely influential on the generation that followed - particularly in the horror genre, which Bava helped define with films such as Black Sabbath and The Girl Who Knew Too Much.
His final feature film, Shock, co-directed with his son Lamberto Bava, returns to stores this month courtesy of a newly-restored reissue from Arrow Films. Due to arrive in stores on January 17, the reissue also includes new interviews with Lamberto Bava and co-writer Dardano Saccheti, commentary from Bava biographer Tim Lucas, and a featurette on Bava’s work by Stephen Thrower.
Master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman had already developed an impressive body of work by the late 1950s, but it was during this stage of his career that he began producing some of his most highly-regarded work, including two films both released in 1957; The Seventh Seal and this, Wild Strawberries, which followed closely behind.
Starring Victor Sjöström as a stubborn professor who sets out n a road trip, only to encounter several strangers who cause him to confront his own past, Wild Strawberries returns to stores this month via BFI reissue on January 17, presenting a restoration of the film on Blu-ray alongside an illustrated booklet detailing its production.
Japanese director Yasuzo Masumura began his career studying film in Italy alongside Michaelangelo Anonioni and Federico Fellini, before returning to Japan and making his directorial debut in 1957 with Kisses – the first of more than 60 films to his name, spanning all genres from satire to drama.
Red Angel arrived in 1971 and tells the story of a nurse serving in the second Sino-Japanese war, with Ayako Wakao in the starring role. Newly restored and set to be reissued on January 17 by Arrow, the new edition includes a new introduction by Tony Rayns and a new commentary from cinema scholar David Dessner, as well as image galleries, trailers and an illustrated booklet.