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Criterion kicks off 4K Blu-ray collection with Citizen Kane and Mulholland Dr.

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The Criterion Collection is finally getting an overdue upgrade

Orson Welles in Citizen Kane stands in front of a field of bundled newspapers Photo: Paramount Pictures

The Criterion Collection is finally making the leap to Ultra HD. The boutique Blu-ray publisher announced on Wednesday that it’s going to start releasing 4K UHD Blu-rays, but only for certain films in the collection.

Criterion is starting its run of UHD films off with a killer lineup that’s headlined by Orson Well’s legendary Citizen Kane. This is the first time that Criterion has put out a new edition of Citizen Kane since the film’s 50th anniversary in 1992, although that version was released on Laserdisc.

Also included in Criterion’s first 4K offerings will be David Lynch’s haunting and dreamlike Mulholland Dr., Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes, Richard Lester’s Beatles musical A Hard Day’s Night, Jane Campion’s The Piano, and Albert Hughes’ Menace II Society.

Each new UHD release will include the 4K version of the film along with a standard Blu-ray, which will contain both the film and the special features. Some of these films, according to Criterion, will even include support for Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos.

Criterion will announce which of these releases is coming first, and what new features they’ll have, along with some more information on the subsequent releases, as part of its November 2021 announcement next week.