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Criterion's May Slate Includes '3:10 To Yuma,' Haskell Wexler's 'Medium Cool,' Mike Leigh's 'Life Is Sweet' & More

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 15, 2013 at 3:12PM

Saddle up, because Criterion has dropped the veil on the May releases and they've got a couple of gunslinging classics to share, along with some works from a couple auteurs and much more. So let's dive in.
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Glen Ford, 3:10 to Yuma, Jubal, Criterion

Saddle up, because Criterion has dropped the veil on the May releases and they've got a couple of gunslinging classics to share, along with some works from a couple auteurs and much more. So let's dive in.

First off, Delmar Davies gets a nice hat tip as both "3:10 To Yuma" and "Jubal" are getting stamped with the C. The former is probably the best known of the pair (partially due to remake by James Mangold in 2007 starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale) about a mild mannered rancher who brings a wanted outlaw to the train station. This disc will carry a high-def transfer, but not much else in the way of extras. Same goes for "Jubal," about a cattleman who becomes the centerpiece in a roiling drama on a ranch. But hell, two movies with Glenn Ford shoud be enough to please anyway.

Meanwhile, cinematographer Haskell Wexler's directorial feature debut "Medium Cool" gets the deluxe treatment. The film follows a cameraman (Robert Forster) who has an eye on the shifting tides of '70s America, and this one comes loaded with two audio commentaries, a documentary, interviews and more. And in keeping with gritty realism, though a bit more lighthearted, Mike Leigh's "Life Is Sweet" will arrive as well, boasting a new commentary and a few more odds and ends. It's the first of his films about working class folks that broke out in a big way, and it's worth tracking down.

Finally, toss out that "Band Of Outsiders" DVD you have, because that just got upgraded to BluRay dawg.  

Medium Cool, Life Is Sweet

This article is related to: The Criterion Collection, Criterion Collection, Mike Leigh


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