• In 1993, the original negatives of Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy were burned in a massive nitrate fire at a laboratory in London. Even though there were no technologies available at the time capable of fully restoring such badly damaged film elements, the Academy Film Archive held on to them. And now times have changed. Watch this new video by :: kogonada to learn how the films were painstakingly rescued and restored by the Criterion Collection and the L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy.

    The dazzling new 4K restorations of all three films open in theaters today, starting at New York’s Film Forum and playing in cities around the country in the coming weeks. To learn a lot more about the restoration process, read an interview with Criterion Technical Director Lee Kline at the A.V. Club.


  • By Davey32
    May 08, 2015
    08:23 PM

    To see a Satyajit Ray film is to see the essence of film itself. Wonderful video!
  • By Rajendra Bhattarai
    May 16, 2015
    08:17 PM

    Kudos to Criterion and the entire team for this monumental job of restoring these masterpieces! I can't wait to see them on the big screen and buy the Blu-rays.
  • By Cezary_C
    May 19, 2015
    04:54 PM

    For those of you that may not have heard the brief segment on the Apu Trilogy on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, it was mentioned that Criterion will be releasing the trilogy on DVD and Blu-Ray in NOVEMBER. 6 months left!!!
  • By G B.
    May 25, 2015
    02:30 AM

    I just spent the day viewing the APU TRILOGY at the Seattle International Film Festival. The restored 4k restoration on the big screen was an incredible event. Years ago I watched the trilogy on video which was in sad condition. Seeing the love and patience involved in the current version was overwhelming. The 7 hrs screening went by seamlessly. Each film is a masterpiece and the total effect was overwhelming. Director Ray was a genius and to compare what is popular now shows what the younger generation is missing. They rely on distraction and not on feeling. I cannot wait for the Criterion Blu-ray release. Thank you for saving this treasure. G Bruce Jensen
  • By Robert L.
    May 29, 2015
    06:53 PM

    My life is now complete. The Apu Trilogy is restored and will be available.
  • By William A.
    June 02, 2015
    12:21 PM

    I remember viewing beautiful prints of THE APU TRILOGY in the 1970s. The first time in 16mm via prints provided by Macmillan Audio Brandon and screened as part of a college cinemas arts series. Then a few years later in 35mm at an arts cinema in San Francisco. I was equally and as deeply impressed by the seeing PATHER PANCHALI, APAJITO and WORLD OF APU a year apart and then the three together within one week. It was heartbreaking to see that badly deteriorated prints were used in the 1980s for home video release. I now look forward to November when Criterion will make these magnificent films available on DVD/Blu-ray. Kudos to everyone at Criterion responsible for restoring and giving THE APU TRILOGY the first class DVD release it deserves. Excellent video about the restoration process.
  • By TheBebop
    June 22, 2015
    04:04 AM

    just finished watching all three movies it it theatrical run now cant wait for this on bluray
  • By Abhay K.
    July 03, 2015
    10:56 AM

    It's a shame we never got a theatrical run,here in India. Hopefully the blurays will be sold here.
  • By William_Y
    July 18, 2015
    02:48 PM

    Could we get a Criterion of the Apu Trilogy please? Thaaaaaaanks.