We have some good news: preorders are back at criterion.com! We’ve worked out some kinks in the system, and starting today you can once again order upcoming Criterion titles and your credit card won’t be charged until your order is ready to ship.
Here are some of the titles available for preorder now: the Korda Eclipse series, featuring Charles Laughton’s Oscar-winning, mutton-munching role in The Private Life of Henry VIII; a lost gem of 1970s cinema starring Robert Mitchum, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, which director Peter Yates has said is even better than his more familiar classic Bullitt; an early Stephen Frears thriller, The Hit, starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt, and Tim Roth; John Huston’s long-unavailable adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood; Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé, which features mind-bending visuals and a ninety-minute original score by Yo La Tengo; and David Fincher’s dreamy, Oscar-winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt. And for those who aren’t afraid to get down and dirty, we have a collection of Shohei Imamura’s underworld classics—Pigs, Pimps & Prostitutes: 3 Films by Shohei Imamura—as well as Nagisa Oshima’s notoriously explicit erotic masterpiece In the Realm of the Senses and its chilling companion piece Empire of Passion. Happy viewing!