NEW DVDs/BRs Announced!!

The Criterion Collection announced 4 new David Lean releases as part of their David Lean Directs Noel Coward box set. This set includes all new digital transfers pulled from the BFI Archives and will include Brief Encounter, In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, and Blithe Spirit. Collection will be available in DVD and high-definition Blu-Ray on March 27, 2012.

Box Set Feature Includes:
- New high-definition digital transfers of the BFI National Archive’s 2008 restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions
- Audio commentary on Brief Encounter by film historian Bruce Eder
- New interviews with Noël Coward scholar Barry Day on all of the films
- Interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010
- Short documentaries from 2000 on the making of In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter
- David Lean: A Self Portrait, a 1971 television documentary on Lean’s career
- Episode of the British television series The Southbank Show from 1992 on the life and career of Coward
- Audio recording of a 1969 conversation between Richard Attenborough and Coward at London’s National Film Theatre
- Trailers
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Smith Nehme, Geoffrey O’Brien, and Kevin Brownlow

This is terrific news and a long-time coming!!