The Criterion Collection adds three more films to its line-up at the start of 2022, including the American indie Down By Law.

Crikey, we’ve not even got to Christmas yet, and the ever-efficient Criterion Collection is already trying to tempt money out of us in January. Curses.

If you’ve not heard of The Criterion Collection, it’s a high end collection of Blu-ray releases, generally packed with fascinating extras. And three more films are joining the line-up early next year.

First up, on January 3rd is French New Wave feature Hiroshima Mon Amour, from Alan Resnais. The 1959 movie has been digitally restored, and archive interviews with both Resnais and his star Emmanuelle Riva are included on the set. Plus, new interviews with film and music scholars, a commentary track from film historian Peter Cowie. You can find more on that one here.

On the same day too comes Jim Jarmusch’s indie American feature Down By Law, that first arrived in 1986. Starring Tom Waits, John Lurie and Roberto Benigni, there’s a lot of archive material in the extras section here. That includes footage from 1986’s Cannes Film Festival, and a 2002 lookback from its director at making the film. Plus recordings of phone chats between the director and his three leads, and a Jarmusch Q&A. Find the disc listing here.

Finally, and again on the same day, comes In The Realm Of The Senses, the 1976 Japanese film that remains banned in its home country for its, well, ‘fruity’ material. A mix of new and old interviews are provided too, as well as a new commentary track from film critic Tony Rayns. You can find more on the release and order a copy right here.

Not a bad little start to the year, that lot. They’re all available to preorder now, from all the usual places.

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