The Criterion Collection announces December slate, Guillermo Del Toro’s CRONOS the star

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 15th, 2010

It’s the middle of September, and film fans know what that means, it’s about time that The Criterion Collectionbestow upon us their lineup of DVD/Blu-ray releases that will be making their way to store shelves three months from now, in December. 

And boy, is it one hell of a lineup, especially for those of you who have been paying attention to the Criterion rumor mill, as one of the most anticipated releases has finally made its way to the Collection.

As far as numbers go, December is a rather limited slate. Including only one new release, we have a brand new release of David Cronenberg’s classic film, VIDEODROME on Blu-ray. Nothing much has changed for the release, as it will even include the same cover, save a new, multi-colored side bar. That said, if you haven’t seen it, this will be the best way to see the film, and as one of Cronenberg’s best films (it’s my personal favorite), this is one that should be seen. 

Also seeing a release in December is the DVD version of the much talked about “America Lost And Found: The BBS Story” box set, that includes films like FIVE EASY PIECES, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, HEAD, EASY RIDER, DRIVE, HE SAID, A SAFE PLACE, and THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS. It’s a must-own box set, that for those of us who don’t have a Blu-ray player, will be getting just a month after our Blu-ray counterparts.

However, the end-all be-all of Criterion rumors is this month’s big release, as Guillermo Del Toro’s CRONOS has finally be confirmed for a December 7 release, and with a beautiful piece of cover art to boot. The film itself is brilliant, but the true steals here are the special features, including a new transfer, two commentaries; one with Del Toro and another with producers Arthur H. Gorson, Bertha Navarro, and Alejandro Springall. To boot, we get a tour of Del Toro’s office entitled Welcome To Bleak House, and the kicker, a previously unreleased short horror film from Del Toro, entitled GEOMETRIA. 

This is an absolute stunner of a release, and for fans of either the filmmaker or the horror genre itself, is one that should not be avoided. This has long been rumored, so it’s finally nice to see it get a release, but I was not expecting one this great. Seriously, must-own stuff right here. It’s a fantastic film, getting an equally fantastic release.

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