Bergman’s “The Magic Flute,” Harold Lloyd, Beatlesmania “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and More from Criterion Collection’s March Slate

Criterion’s March slate opens March 12 with another entry in the year-long series of Ingmar Bergman releases: the standalone edition of 1975’s The Magic Flute (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), the director’s effervescent take on Mozart’s beloved opera, featuring soloists Josef Köstlinger, Ulrik Cold, Håkan Hagegård, and Birgit Nordin. Also coming March 12 is the Blu-ray debut of silent screen icon Harold Lloyd’s delightful 1927 comedy The Kid Brother (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), featuring Lloyd as the gentle everyman son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. Arriving March 19 is Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 film noir thriller Detour (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a pitch-dark Poverty Row film following a nightclub pianist hitchhiker (Tom Neal) on his way from New York to Los Angeles who encounters a dead body and a vicious femme fatale (Ann Savage). Also slated for March 19 is writer-director-actor Barbara Loden’s 1970 lone feature Wanda (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), a wrenching character study set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape about an outcast woman who finds herself falling prey to a series of callous men—including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. On March 26, Robert Zemeckis revisits the frenzy of Beatlemania with a 4K digital restoration of his raucous 1978 first feature I Wanna Hold Your Hand (DVD: $29.95, Blu-ray: $39.95), which spotlights the Beatles 1964 live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show through the eyes of six teenagers (including stars Nancy Allen, Wendie Jo Sperber, and Marc McClure) who want to see the Fab Four. Also coming on March 26 is Carlos Reygadas’s 2002 Spanish language debut Japón (DVD: 2 discs, $29.95; Blu-ray: $39.95), an existential journey through the Mexican countryside following a man (Alejandro Ferretis) who travels to an isolated village to commit suicide but meets a pious elderly woman (Magdalena Flores) whose quiet humanity incites a reawakening of his desires.