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Criterion Blu-ray and DVD coming out on July 19, 2011


I have been waiting for this for a long time: Criterion will release Blu-ray and DVDs of Satyajit Ray's masterpiece "Jalsaghar" (The Music Room) on July 19, 2011. It will include the following:

•New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
•Satyajit Ray (1984), a feature documentary by Shyam Benegal that chronicles Ray’s career and includes interviews with the filmmaker, family photographs, and extensive clips from his films
•New interview with filmmaker Mira Nair
•New interview in which Ray biographer Andrew Robinson discusses the making of The Music Room and the film’s cultural significance
•Excerpt from a 1981 French roundtable discussion with Ray, film critic Michel Ciment, and filmmaker Claude Sautet
•New and improved English subtitle translation
•PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp as well as reprints of a 1963 essay by Ray and a 1986 interview with the director about the film’s music

For details, see http://www.criterion.com/films/27657-the-music-room

This is the first Satyjait Ray film to get the Criterion treatment. Let's hope there will be many more.

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