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Wednesday, 15 July 2020 16:00

Criterion’s October slate includes Parasite, Pierrot le fou & more, plus new Toho kaiju Blu-rays, and Charles de Lauzirika talks Blade Runner

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Today’s big release news...

Our friends at the Criterion Collection have just officially announced their October Blu-ray and DVD release slate, which is set to include a new edition of Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le fou (Spine #421 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/6, John Berry’s Claudine (Spine #1052 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/13, Henry King’s The Gunfighter (Spine #1053 – Blu-ray and DVD) and an updated version of Stephen Frears’ The Hit (Spine #469 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/20, and finally Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite (Spine #1054 – Blu-ray and DVD) on 10/27.

We’ve updated our Criterion Spines Project page here at The Bits accordingly.

You can see the cover artwork for Parasite at left, and all the others are down below the break. [Read on here...]

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Also today, Universal will release Kirk Jones’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2  on Blu-ray on 9/29, along with Roel Reine’s Death Race 2.

I’m not sure who the distributor is (it’s listed as Toho Company), but Amazon currently has the classic Japanese kaiju films Latitude Zero (1969), Space Amoeba (1970), and The Magic Serpent (1966) set for Blu-ray and DVD release on 7/9 (SRP $18 and $16 respectively). The first two films were directed by Ishirō Honda, while the latter is by Tetsuya Yamauchi.

Here’s a look at that Criterion cover artwork [Amazon pre-order links have now been added as available]...

Parasite (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) The Hit (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Pierrot le fou (Criterion Blu-ray Disc)

The Gunfighter (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) Claudine (Criterion Blu-ray Disc) James Cameron's The Story of Science Fiction (Blu-ray Disc)

Finally today, some of you may recall that last week we mentioned that The Philip K Dick Film Festival would be live streaming a discussion with Blade Runner: The Final Cut restoration producer (and our old friend here at The Bits) Charles de Lauzirika. Well, they did earlier today and you can now view the entire 67-minute long discussion below on YouTube. It’s well worth your time, so enjoy...

That’s all for now. Stay tuned!

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