The Criterion Collection is still the biggest name among boutique home video labels. But they're well behind some other distributors in releasing 4K versions of the titles they've licensed. Kino Lorber, Shout! Factory, Arrow and even genre-focused labels like Blue Underground and Vinegar Syndrome have been putting out definitive ultra high-def discs for years. Now, Criterion joins their ranks, and they've got an impressive roster of films for their inaugural 4K UHD discs.
The big kahuna is Citizen Kane, frequently called the greatest movie ever made. Orson Welles' debut has been released plenty of times on home video, and marked the first film they released on laserdisc. It will be joined by another former laserdisc title: the Hughes Brothers' Menace II Society. You'll also see Powell & Pressburger's The Red Shoes, David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. and Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night. Criterion previously released all three films on Blu-ray.
Jane Campion's The Piano gets the deluxe treatment, too. The film won three richly deserved Oscars, including Best Actress (Holly Hunter), Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin) and Best Original Screenplay (Jane Campion). It also took home the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
All six titles will drop in November, and full details will be revealed soon.