The Criterion Collection is making the leap to 4K as the company announced on Wednesday that it will soon be releasing its very first batch of 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, with one of the greatest films of all time topping the list of releases.
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For the first time since the company released the film on Laserdisc 37 years ago, Citizen Kane will return to the collection and appear alongside a handful of other groundbreaking films. This includes the directorial debut of Allen and Albert Hughe Society of Threat II, awarded the Oscar by Jane Campion The piano, David Lynchs Mulholland Dr., Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger The red shoes, and Richard Lesters The night of a hard day.
We are excited to announce that CITIZEN KANE will lead the first 4K Ultra HD releases along with MENACE II SOCIETY, THE PIANO, MULHOLLAND DR., THE RED SHOES and A HARD DAY’S NIGHT Criterions! https://t.co/VHrbHhnwjz pic.twitter.com/I9qamqnDgu
– Criterion Collection (@Criterion) August 11, 2021
Each film will be available in a 4K Ultra HD combo package that includes a 4K UHD disc of the film and a Blu-ray of the film, along with the various specialties that the boutique company has become known for. Criterion also noted that some films will also support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos, although it is not yet known which of these are supported.
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The six titles will be detailed in Criterion’s November 2021 announcements next week, when Criterion is likely to plan to announce which of the six titles will be released first. Meanwhile, fans are already wondering which films will receive upgrade treatment as the Criterion Collection has grown to over 1,000 films since its inception.