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Criterion Lets You Guess What Their 2013 Slate Will Look Like

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The Criterion Collection is one of the great home video companies, with their numbered collection of some of the finest films and cult favorites presented in restored transfers and with thoughtful extras. Now they’re teasing their upcoming releases in their annual drawing of upcoming titles.

and here’s the full drawing:

There are a number of clues with some more obvious that others. The man climbing the building has an eraser for a head, which suggests that David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’ is coming, which is exciting as Criterion was once rumored to be releasing the film on DVD, but Lynch decided to release it himself. There’s a clock that’s at 3:10, which suggests that Delmer Daves’ classic western ’3:10 to Yuma’ is entering the collection. And next to that clock is a man hanging from one, which may mean that Harold Lloyd’s ‘Safety Last’ is joining the ranks.

But others aren’t quite as easy. There’s a man holding a samurai sword – which may mean that Jean-Pierre Melville’s ‘Le Samourai’ is getting a Blu-ray upgrade, though some have speculated that the empty cage next to him is either indicative of the character (who keeps a bird in a birdcage) but may also symbolize ‘La Cage aux Folles,’ which Criterion put out on Laserdisc. And some are theorizing the man screaming means that David Cronenberg’s ‘Scanners’ is joining the collection. We’ll know for sure as the year rolls on, but if you’re a fan of the collection, there’s a lot of interesting possibilities in the drawing.

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