Three new films join the Criterion Collection, including Mike Leigh’s acclaimed, Oscar-nominated Secrets & Lies.

The expanding UK catalogue of Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays will grow further in April, with the announcement of three new releases.

First up comes Satyajit Ray’s 1964 movie Charulata. Set in the 19th century, before India had independence, it follows a newspaper editor and his wife Charulata. Charulata is a cauldron of creativity, albeit a secret one, and the film follows her story as she finds a way to get her voice into the world. It’s up for order here.

The extras for this one are:

  • New interview program with actors Madhabi Mukherjee and SoumitraChatterjee
  • Adapting Tagore, a new interview program featuring Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali literature historian Supriya Chaudhuri
  • Archival audio interview with director Satyajit Ray by film historian Gideon Bachmann
  • New English subtitle translation
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson

Then on April 26th, you get a pair of releases.

There’s Mike Leigh’s 1996 favourite Secrets & Lies, starring Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The Oscar-nominated, Palme D’Or-winning feature comes with the following supplements…

  • 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
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Finally for this month, another Wes Anderson addition to the collection, this time The Darjeeling Limited, starring Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman (order link right here). Here are the new extras…

  • Anderson’s short film Hotel Chevalier (part one of The Darjeeling Limited), starring Natalie Portman, with commentary by Anderson
  • Audio commentary featuring Anderson and co-writers Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman
  • Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory discussing the film’s music
  • Anderson’s American Express commercial
  • On-set footage shot by Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwalia
  • Audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, and stills galleries
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody and original illustrations by Eric Anderson

They’re all up for preorder now.

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