Criterion announced its October releases this week. Toplining the collection, in terms of heft and ambition if nothing else, is The Complete Jacques Tati, which collects all six feature films that Tati directed plus seven shorts, alternate versions of Jour de fête, Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, and Mon oncle, documentaries, interviews, and other supplements in a 7-disc set on Blu-ray and 12-disc set on DVD. Two of the features make their Criterion debut in any form and five debut on Blu-ray in the U.S.
Also coming in October from Criterion: John Ford’s My Darling Clementine (Blu-ray and DVD), Federico Felini’s La Dolce Vita (Blu-ray and DVD), George Sluizer’s original The Vanishing (Blu-ray and DVD) and a Blu-ray release of F For Fake. Criterion’s Coming Soon page is here.
Warner set a hard date for the Batman: The Complete Television Series (previously announced here) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. it’s set for November 11. And for anyone attending Comic-Con this year, Warner is showing some of the HD remastered footage and unveiling the supplements on Thursday, July 24 on a panel featuring series stars Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar.
Shout Factory is upgrading the cult 1980s kids show Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series to Blu-ray, remastered in new high-definition from the original film elements. Supplements have not been announced but it will include Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special. Release is set for October 21. More details at Shout Factory.
Cohen Media Group is releasing Fritz Lang’s Hangmen Also Die on Blu-ray and DVD in September. It will make a nice companion to Twilight Time’s announced Blu-ray release of Lang’s Man Hunt on Blu-ray in October.
Twilight Time is releasing Sam Peckinpah’s The Killer Elite on Blu-ray in September with a rare bonus program: Noon Wine, which Peckinpah directed for TV in 1966.