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Mon 18 Dec

Win a Blu-ray copy of BOTTLE ROCKET, THE SWORD OF DOOM and MONTEREY POP from The Criterion Collection

Three new titles from The Criterion Collection are coming to the UK on Blu-ray this month and we have a copy of each - BOTTLE ROCKET, THE SWORD OF DOOM and MONTEREY POP - on Blu-ray to give away to one lucky winner.

For your chance to win, simply send us the answer to the following question as well as your name and address to :-



Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore — then go “on the lam.” Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers. Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it’s the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.


• Restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director
Wes Anderson and director of photography Robert Yeoman
• Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on Blu-ray)
• Commentary by director/co-writer Anderson and co-writer/star Owen Wilson

• The Making of “Bottle Rocket”: an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman
• The original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from
• 11 deleted scenes
• Anamorphic screen test, storyboards, location photos, and behind-the-scenes
photographs by Laura Wilson
• The Shafrazi Lectures, no. 1: Bottle Rocket
Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman


TATSUYA NAKADA (Harakiri) and TOSHIRO MIFUNE (Yojimbo) star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of shogunate rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness. Kihachi Okamoto’s swordplay classic is the thrilling tale of a man who chooses to devote his life to evil.


• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary featuring film historian Stephen Prince
• Trailer
• PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien


On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey featured career-making performances by JIMI HENDRIX, JANIS JOPLIN, and OTIS REDDING, but they were just a few performers in a wildly diverse lineup that included SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS, THE WHO, THE BYRDS, HUGH MASEKELA, and the extraordinary RAVI SHANKAR. With his characteristic vérité style—and a camera crew that included the likes of Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock— D. A. PENNEBAKER (Don't Look Back) captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, Mama Cass being blown away by Janis Joplin’s performance. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive document of the Monterey International Pop Festival ever produced.


• New 16-bit 4K digital restoration of Monterey Pop, supervised by director D. A.
• Restored high-definition digital transfers of Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis
at Monterey
• Alternate soundtracks for all three films featuring 5.1 mixes by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio

• THE OUTTAKE PERFORMANCES: Two hours of performances not included in Monterey Pop
• Audio commentaries by Pennebaker and festival producer Lou Adler, and music critics and historians Charles Shaar Murray and Peter Guralnick
• New interviews with Adler and Pennebaker
• Chiefs (1968), a short film by
cameraman Richard Leacock
• Interviews from 2002 with Adler and Pennebaker and with Phil Walden, Otis Redding’s manager
• Audio interviews with festival producer John Phillips, festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby
• Photo-essay by photographer Elaine Mayes
• Monterey International Pop Festival scrapbook
• More!
• PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Michael Chaiken, Armond White, David Fricke, Barney Hoskyns, and Michael Lydon