The Criterion Collection announced a handful of upcoming new releases today, revealing that both Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and David Lynch’s Blue Velvet are joining the prestigious ranks in May. Funny Games arrives on May 14, followed by Blue Velvet on May 28!
Michael Haneke’s most notorious provocation, Funny Games spares no detail in its depiction of the agony of a bourgeois family held captive at their vacation home by a pair of white-gloved young men. In a series of escalating “games,” the sadistic duo subject their victims to unspeakable physical and psychological torture over the course of a night.
Funny Games bonus features include:
- New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interviews with Haneke and actor Arno Frisch
- New interview with film historian Alexander Horwath
- Press conference from the 1997 Cannes Film Festival featuring Haneke and actors Susanne Lothar and Ulrich Mühe
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri
Home from college, Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) makes an unsettling discovery in Blue Velvet: a severed human ear, lying in a field. In the mystery that follows, by turns terrifying and darkly funny, David Lynch burrows deep beneath the picturesque surfaces of small-town life. Driven to investigate, Jeffrey finds himself drawing closer to his fellow amateur sleuth, Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), as well as their prime suspect, lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini)—and facing the fury of Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), a psychopath who will stop at nothing to keep Dorothy in his grasp.
Blue Velvet bonus features include:
- New 4K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both supervised by director David Lynch
- Alternate original stereo soundtrack
- “Blue Velvet” Revisited, a feature-length meditation on the making of the film by Peter Braatz, filmed on-set during the production
- The Lost Footage, fifty-one minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes assembled by Lynch
- Mysteries of Love, a seventy-minute documentary from 2002 on the making of the film