“MULHOLLAND DRIVE”, “THE BROOD” comes to Criterion Blu this October!Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
So far, 2015 has proven to be a fruitful year for collectors of horror Blu-rays, with more and more obscure and beloved horror titles being announced with each passing week. And while this writer’s horror Blu-ray wishlist hasn’t quite been fulfilled, he can cross off at least two of the titles on there, as Criterion announced yesterday that both David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE and David Cronenberg’s THE BROOD will be coming to Blu-ray this year, courtesy of the specialty home media distributor.
As for MULHOLLAND DRIVE, the film is truly getting the star treatment from Criterion, who is providing the flick with a brand new 4K transfer, as well as new interviews with Lynch, cinematographer Peter Deming, actors Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, composer Angelo Badalamenti and casting director Johanna Ray. Furthermore, the disc will be porting over older interviews and behind the scenes footage from previous releases, as well as a new cover from Fred Davis and a booklet featuring an interview with Lynch from Chris Rodley’s LYNCH ON LYNCH. If you haven’t been sold on the “4K” side of things alone, this is likely the best edition of the film you’re going to get, so get ready to drop some coin this Halloween season, fright fans; you can pre-order the disc here.
Meanwhile, THE BROOD also offers a petrifying package, with a 2K transfer supervised by the director (a staple of Cronenberg’s Criterion releases) and an uncompressed monoaural soundtrack. The set includes a new documentary about the film and Cronenberg’s early work, featuring actor Samantha Eggar, producer Pierre David, cinematographer Mark Irwin, assistant director John Board, and special makeup effects artists Rick Baker and Joe Blasco. Cronenberg fans will also be elated to learn a 2K transfer of Cronenberg’s 1970 feature CRIMES OF THE FUTURE will also be on the disc, and FANGORIA fans will enjoy Chris Alexander’s 2011 interview with the master of horror himself focusing on his early output as well. Other features include a 2013 interview with stars Art Hindle and Cindy Hinds, as well as Oliver Reed’s 1980 appearance on THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW, an essay from Carrie Rinkley and a new cover design from Edward Kinsella. You can pre-order this disc here, and really, why wouldn’t you?
And don’t forget: Criterion has one treat for horror fans before October, as in less than a month, they offer the feature-packed, 4k-transfer edition of Brian de Palma’s DRESSED TO KILL, which you can pre-order here.