The Criterion Collection announced today, what had been rumored for the last few months. They are finally entering the world of 4K Blu-ray releases! While they are the last of the major boutique releases this is certainly welcome news to have confirmed. While Criterion has some fantastic blu-ray releases, the collector community has been waiting for them to make them jump.
In their press releases they announced the following films will be their first six out on the format:
- Citizen Kane (1941)
- Menace II Society (1993)
- The Piano (1993)
- Mulholland Drive (2001)
- The Red Shoes (1948)
- A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
A couple of these releases already have been released in standard blu-ray through Criterion. While specifics of each release have not been made public, they did say each will include the 4K disc in addition to the standard blu-ray. Some of the films will include Dolby Vision HDR grading and/or Dolby Atmos audio mixes. Some of these films have been released internationally prior to this date, so it is not clear if the remasters will be produced by Criterion, or they will be using existing 4K masters.
Criterion has stated more information will be coming in their November announcement, so stay tuned!
For the full announcement see: https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/7494-citizen-kane-to-lead-criterion-s-first-4k-slate