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Criterion’s April Slate Includes ‘Repo Man’ and David Cronenberg’s ‘Naked Lunch’

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David Cronenberg‘s ‘Naked Lunch’ — the film ‘The Simpsons‘ mocked when Bart and his friends snuck into it and Nelson Muntz came out saying “I can think of at least two things wrong with that title” — is getting the Criterion Collection Blu-ray treatment this April, alongside cult classic ‘Repo Man’ and more.

On April 9, they will release Laurence Olivier’s ‘Richard III’:

Richard III

The disc includes:

  • New high-definition digital master of the Film Foundation’s 2012 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by playwright and stage director Russell Lees and John Wilders, former governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Interview with actor Laurence Olivier from a 1966 episode of the BBC series Great Acting, hosted by theater critic Kenneth Tynan
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production stills and posters, accompanied by excerpts from Olivier’s autobiography, On Acting
  • Twelve-minute television trailer featuring footage of Olivier, producer Alexander Korda, and other cast and crew from the film
  • Trailer

Also on that day comes ‘Gate of Hell’:

Gate of Hell

Which will cost less, but offer no supplements. Also that day comes ‘Naked Lunch’:

Naked Lunch

It features:

  • High-definition digital transfer, approved by director David Cronenberg, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Cronenberg and actor Peter Weller
  • Naked Making Lunch, a 1992 television documentary by Chris Rodley about the making of the film
  • Special effects gallery, featuring artwork and photos alongside an essay by Cinefex magazine editor Jody Duncan
  • Collection of original marketing materials
  • Audio recording of William S. Burroughs reading from his novel Naked Lunch
  • Gallery of photos taken by poet Allen Ginsberg of Burroughs

Then, on April 16, comes ‘Repo Man’:

Repo Man

It comes with:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas, and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, and Del Zamora
  • Interviews with Cox, Richardson, and Zamora; producers Peter McCarthy and Jonathan Wacks; actors Olivia Barash, Dick Rude, Miguel Sandoval, and Harry Dean Stanton; musicians Keith Morris and Iggy Pop; and Sam Cohen, the inventor of the neutron bomb
  • Deleted scenes
  • The complete “cleaned-up” television version of the film, prepared by Cox
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Sam McPheeters; an illustrated production history by Cox, with his original comic and film proposal; and a 1987 interview with real-life repo man Mark Lewis

Then on April 23 comes the Pierre Etaix collection:

Pierre Etaix

It comes with the films ‘The Suitor,’ ‘Yoyo,’ ‘As Long as You’ve Got Your Health,’ ‘Le Grand Amour’ and ‘Land of Milk and Honey.’ The set comes with these supplements:

  • New interview with director Pierre Etaix
  • New video introductions by Etaix to seven of the films
  • Pierre Etaix, un destin animé (2010), a portrait of the life and work of the director by his wife, Odile Etaix

Not a bad month for Criterion releases, all things. Both ‘Richard III’ and ‘Naked Lunch’ are Blu-ray upgrades (nice ones at that), which makes ‘Repo Man’ the biggest title of the month. But — in terms of the obscure — the Pierre Etaix set sounds fascinating.

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