Criterion have announced that their December 2012 slate of special edition DVDs and Blu-rays will include Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi classic Brazil, Godfrey Reggio’s visual tone poem Koyaanisqatsi and its sequels, and the first film by The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan.
Kicking off the month on December 4 is Brazil, the dystopian classic by former Monty Python cartoonist and writer Terry Gilliam. Besides both the director’s cut and the original theatrical versions of the movie, the two-disc collection also includes commentaries, and a documentary on the infamous battle between Gilliam and the studio that led to the two versions of the film, the original trailer, making-of featurette called “What Is Brazil?”, and other extras that include interviews, unfilmed storyboards, and other items from Gilliam’s personal collection. The collection will retail for $49.95.
That same day Criterion will release Purple Noon (Plein Soleil), which was the first adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Besides the movie, this disc will include archival interviews with actor Alain Delon and Ripley writer Patricia Highsmith, the original trailer, and a new interview with Denitza Batcheva, an expert on Noon director René Clément. The DVD will retail for $29,95 while the Blu-ray will be $39.95.
This will be followed a week later by Following, the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan, who’s best known for Inception, Memento, and a bunch of movies about some idiot who dressed like a bat or a rat or something. Along with the film, which is getting a new 5.1 surround mix on the DVD and a DTS-HD Master Audio one on the Blu-ray, the disc will also include a commentary by Nolan, an interview with Nolan, the original trailers, a short film by Nolan called Doodlebug, and more. It will retail for $29.95 on DVD and $39.95 on Blu-ray.
That same day sees the release of The Qatsi Trilogy, which includes 1983’s Koyaanisqatsi, 1988’s Powaqqatsi, and 2002’s Naqoyqatsi. Besides the films, this three-disc set will include new interviews, a 40-minute demo version of Koyaanisqatsi, an interview with musicians Philip Glass and Yo-Yo-Ma, the original trails, and other extras. It will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray for $79.95 each.