Criterion Bringing “ERASERHEAD” and “THE INNOCENTS” to Blu

In the company’s monthly reveal of upcoming titles, lauded home video label Criterion has unveiled plans to bring two classics of nightmarish filmmaking to Blu-ray: Jack Clayton’s haunting THE INNOCENTS and David Lynch’s enduring cult breakthrough ERASERHEAD. 

Criterion’s great care in releases has kept plenty of films’ significance alive, while bestowing that same importance on more obscure and contemporary titles, as well. Of course, both Clayton’s stirring adaptation of Henry James’ THE TURN OF THE SCREW and ERASERHEAD are widely considered essential viewing already, but admirers of both will surely be thrilled by what’s to discover in the upcoming 4K restorations. That’s not to mention new supplements, which excitingly for ERASERHEAD, means the inclusion of six short films by Lynch.

And while not entirely horror, Criterion had one more title in the announcement to greatly anticipate, Roman Polanski’s MACBETH. A truly grim adaptation, the ROSEMARY’S BABY filmmaker’s MACBETH is often frightening, harsh and in the case of the witches, plenty psychotropic. It’s something to behold.

ERASERHEAD is out September 16, 2014, while THE INNOCENTS and MACBETH hit September 23. Find art and corresponding special features for each, below.


• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• “Eraserhead” Stories, a 2001 documentary by David Lynch on the making of the film
• New high-definition restorations of six short films by Lynch: Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970), The Amputee, Part 1 and Part 2 (1974), andPremonitions Following an Evil Deed (1996), all with video introductions by Lynch
• New and archival interviews with cast and crew
• Trailer


• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary featuring cultural historian Christopher Frayling
• New interview with cinematographer John Bailey on director of photography Freddie Francis and the look of the film
• Archival interviews with editor James Clark, Francis, and script supervisor Pamela Francis
• Trailer
• More!
• PLUS: An essay by critic Maitland McDonagh


• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Roman Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and stars Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw
• Polanski Meets Macbeth, a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work
• Theatrical trailers
• More!
• PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty

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