Six classic films from the legendary French cinema master Franois Truffaut have been released on video to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his first motion picture.
The films include Cannes Film Festival winner "The 400 Blows" as well as "Shoot the Piano Player," "The Last Metro," "Confidentially Yours," "Love On the Run" and "Two English Girls."
The Fox Lorber videos, restored with new translation and subtitles, are listed at either $29.98 and $19.98. A VHS six-pack is available for $119.98.
Fox Lorber also is presenting "Franois TruffautA Celebration" in theaters around the country. The year-long project opened at New York's Film Forum on April 23 and features 14 films and a documentary that includes interviews with his widow, two daughters, some of his star actors and fellow filmmakers Eric Rohmer and Marcel Ophuls.
Seven Truffaut films included in the "Celebration" collection are to be released on video in August: "Jules and Jim," "Bed and Board," "Stolen Kisses," "The Women Next Door," "The Soft Skin" and two short films paired on one cassette, "Antoine and Colette" and "Les Mistons."
"Beloved," the work of another acclaimed director, Jonathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs"), is based on Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a woman whose path to freedom is obstructed by the secrets of her past. With the help of an old friend, she is able to rediscover who she is and regain her sense of hope. The movie stars Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, with Thandie Newton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Kimberly Elise and Beah Richards.
Demme, calling the opportunity "a dream come true," said he fell in love with the script as soon as he read it and saw the chance to make such a powerful and unforgettable story.
The 2-hour, 51-minute Touchstone Home Video release is priced for rental.
Another classic, "The Mummy," vintage 1932, was released early this month. The 74-minute film stars Boris Karloff, whose remarkable performance as the 3,700-year-old Egyptian mummy Im-Ho-Tep has kept the character alive for six more decades.
Called one of the most frightening and popular horror films ever, "The Mummy" makes its return digitally remastered ($14.98). The original theatrical trailer is included.
Director Karl Freud relied on the unseen to convey horror, filling the movie with haunting visual images and fascinating psychological intensity.
CAPTION: Six classic films of the late French filmmaker Franois Truffaut are available on video.