Over recent months several new home-cinema editions of Rainer Werner Fassbinder films have been released in the USA, Germany and Italy. The Criterion Collection has brought out THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT and THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS for the first time on Blu-ray. The renowned American label is known for its high-quality editions of auteur films accompanied by aesthetically striking designs. Both editions are new 4K restorations and supplemented by a range of special features. Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus was himself involved in the restoration of THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT.
In Germany StudioCanal released a special edition of the BRD Trilogy at the end of May. The DVD box set, which consists of the films THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN, LOLA and VERONIKA VOSS, has been designed to resemble a German passport. Like StudioCanal, the Italian label Ripley’s has already brought out several of Fassbinder’s films, and it has now added ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL, THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT and THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN to its selection. Some of the films are being released in Italy for the first time on DVD.
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BRD Trilogy cover photo: © StudioCanal
THE MERCHANT OF FOUR SEASONS cover photo: © Criterion