Comedy / Drama

Criterion New Releases for 2021

The Criterion Collection has announced its March 2021 film releases. There are two we’re particularly excited about: Secrets & Lies (1996) and World of Wong Kar Wai – a collector’s set of films from the acclaimed director.

Secrets & Lies (1996)

Writer-director Mike Leigh reached new levels of expressive power and intricacy in his ongoing contemplation of unembellished humanity with this resonant exploration of the deceptions, small and large, that shape our relationships to those we love. When Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a Black optometrist who was adopted as a child, begins the search for her birth mother, she doesn’t expect that it will lead her to Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s best actress award), a desperately lonely white factory worker whose tentative embrace of her long-lost daughter sends shock waves through the rest of her already fragile family.

Born from a painstaking process of rehearsal and improvisation with a powerhouse ensemble cast, Secrets & Lies is a Palme d’Or–winning tour de force of sustained tension and catharsis that lays bare the emotional fault lines running beneath the surface of everyday lives.

Secrets & Lies (1996) Criterion Blu-ray

Release date: March 30, 2021
Genre: Comedy

DirectorMike Leigh
CastTimothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan
Production Year1996
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time142 minutes
FormatsColor / 2K / 1.85:1
StudioCriterion Collection

Special features

NEW 2K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, supervised by director Mike Leigh and director of photography Dick Pope, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
New conversation with Leigh and composer Gary Yershon
New interview with actor Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Audio interview with Leigh from 1996 conducted by film critic Michel Ciment
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Secrets & Lies (1996) – Photo
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In the hands of another director, it would have been a sentimental melodrama, a soap opera, but with nuanced writing and sharp helming, Mike Leigh mixes humor and pathos in equal measure.

Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.com

Secrets & Lies (1996) trailer

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World of Wong Kar Wai (Film Collection)

With his lush and sensual visuals, pitch-perfect soundtracks, and soulful romanticism, Wong Kar Wai has established himself as one of the defining auteurs of contemporary cinema. Joined by such key collaborators as cinematographer Christopher Doyle; editor and production and costume designer William Chang Suk Ping; and actors Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung Man Yuk, Wong (or WKW, as he is often known) has written and directed films that have enraptured audiences and critics worldwide and inspired countless other filmmakers with their poetic moods and music, narrative and stylistic daring, and potent themes of alienation and memory. Whether they’re tragically romantic, soaked in blood, or quirkily comedic, the seven films collected here are an invitation into the unique and wistful world of a deeply influential artist.

  • As Tears Go By (1988)
  • Days of Being Wild (1990)
  • Chungking Express (1994)
  • Fallen Angels (1995)
  • Happy Together (1997)
  • In the Mood for Love (2000)
  • 2046 (2004)
World of Wong Kar Wai (Criterion Film Collection)
World of Wong Kar Wai (Film Collection) – Product details
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Release date: March 23, 2021
Genre: Drama

DirectorWong Kar Wai
CountryHong Kong
Production Year1988-2004
Discs7 Blu-ray Discs
Run Time716 minutes
FormatsColor / 4K
StudioCriterion Collection

Special features

New 4K digital restorations of Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, and 2046, approved by director Wong Kar Wai, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
New 4K digital restorations of As Tears Go By and Days of Being Wild, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
A new program in which Wong answers questions submitted, at the invitation of the director, by authors André Aciman and Jonathan Lethem; filmmakers Sofia Coppola, Rian Johnson, Lisa Joy, and Chloé Zhao; cinematographers Philippe Le Sourd and Bradford Young; and filmmakers and founders/creative directors of Rodarte Kate and Laura Mulleavy
An alternate version of Days of Being Wild featuring different edits of the film’s prologue and final scenes, on home video for the first time
Hua yang de nian hua, a 2000 short film by Wong
An extended version of The Hand, a 2004 short film by Wong, available in the U.S. for the first time
Interview and “cinema lesson” with Wong from the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
Three making-of documentaries, featuring interviews with Wong; actors Maggie Cheung Man Yuk, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Chang Chen, Faye Wong, and Ziyi Zhang; and others
An episode of the television series Moving Pictures from 1996 featuring Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle
Interviews from 2002 and 2005 with Doyle
Excerpts from a 1994 British Film Institute audio interview with Cheung on her work in Days of Being Wild
Program from 2012 on In the Mood for Love’s soundtrack
Press conference for In the Mood for Love from the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival
Deleted scenes, alternate endings, behind-the-scenes footage, a promo reel, music videos, and trailers
PLUS: Deluxe packaging, including a perfect-bound, French-fold book featuring lavish photography, an essay by critic John Powers, a director’s note, and six collectible art prints

Happy Together (1997) trailer

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