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Criterion’s October Collection Includes ‘Fire Walk With Me’ and ‘Vampyr’

We hope you’ve been saving up.

The Criterion Collection just announced the titles that’ll be getting their prestigious home video treatment this coming October, and we’re happy to report that a handful of genre titles are on the slate… including a 4K restoration of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me!

Criterion’s October collection includes:

Vampyr (1932) – October 3rd

With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result—a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris—is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creates a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s greatest nightmares.

The Lure (2015) – October 10th

This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up—the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska—follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit world of Smoczyńska’s imagining. The director gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” in which the girls’ bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy sets, The Lureexplores its themes of emerging female sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with savage energy and originality.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) – October 17th

In the town of Twin Peaks, everyone has their secrets—but especially Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). In this prequel to his groundbreaking 1990s television series, David Lynch resurrects the teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show, following her through the last week of her life and teasing out the enigmas that surround her murder. Homecoming queen by day and drug-addicted thrill seeker by night, Laura leads a double life that pulls her deeper and deeper into horror as she pieces together the identity of the assailant who has been terrorizing her for years. Nightmarish in its vision of an innocent torn apart by unfathomable forces, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is nevertheless one of Lynch’s most humane films, aching with compassion for its tortured heroine—a character as enthralling in life as she was in death.

Personal Shopper (2016) – October 24th

With this intimate supernatural drama, the celebrated French filmmaker Olivier Assayas conjures a melancholy ghost story set in the world of haute couture. Starring Kristen Stewart, whose performance in Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Mariamade her the first American actor to win a César Award, this evocative character study tells the story of a young American fashion assistant and spiritual medium who is living in Paris and searching for signs of an afterlife following the sudden death of her twin brother. A stirring depiction of grief in the form of a psychological thriller, Personal Shopper—which won Assayas the best director award at Cannes—is a chilling meditation on modern modes of communication and the way we mourn those we love.

Find more info and full special feature listings on Criterion’s website.



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  • Colin Christian

    When is Ken Russell’s The Devils going to get a solid US release? They found the ‘Rape of Christ’ sequence,everything is in place,why no release? Is this film still too much for US audiences and their religious obsessions? That movie alone is worth getting a multi region player,( as well as all the Hammer releases) Great to see Vampyr get the Criterion treatment,but we need a good The Wicker Man Criterion release too…..

    • James Allard

      The Devils. Period. I am on the Criterion site, and that has been at the top of my “What Should We Do Next” list from day one. (Adding Phase IV, as the final sequence has been found.) Vampyr has been one of their collection for quite a while, great to see it finally getting blu-ray’d.

      • Colin Christian

        I’m a member too,and it was always my first choice,but there seems no move on it all,Warner are sitting on one of the greatest films ever made and refuse to release it in the US. Why? Legal,royalties or public reaction? What’s the reason for the inaction? I just don’t get it,Ken Russell deserves better,a true visionary.

      • Colin Christian

        I have that no frills Phase IV DVD, that groundbreaking camerawork deserves recognition too,such a weird choice for Saul Bass,so awesome.

  • Excellent! I’ve been holding off on getting Vampyr because I was hoping it would eventually get a Blu ray reissue, and I was just about to cave and get the DVD, but now I can hold off until October. And Personal Shopper is one I’ve known i wanted to see from the initial announcement.

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