I've learned my lesson on not falling into excitement about Whit Stillman news. As much as we've been asking over the years for more Whitty fare, all news seems to fade into development nothingness. But this bit of news -- this is only a few steps away. Following in the steps of the wonderful Metropolitan (a film that scored New Line its first Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay), The Last Days of Disco is going Criterion.
The release, which will hit shelves on August 25, 2009, is a director-approved special edition that has a whole bunch of goodies that are just about the best thing for a fan wanting more Stillman. There's a new digital transfer, but that's nothing compared to: An audio commentary with Stillman, Chloe Sevigny, and Chris Eigeman (score!), four deleted scenes also with commentary, an audio recording of the director reading a chapter from The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a stills gallery with captions from Stillman, theatrical trailer, and an essay by David Schickler.
Disco, which was the much better disco film from 1998 (over the craptacular 54), focuses on two women trying to move up in the book publishing world by day, while hitting the clubs at night. The film boasted the above names, along with Kate Beckinsale, Mackenzie Astin, Matt Keeslar, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Beals, and even 17 Again director Burr Steers. (Plus a skin-heavy performance from Drew Barrymore's mom.)
And if you're a Criterion fiend, you should run over to Barnes and Noble, where they're having a killer 50% off sale. ALL Criterions half off. No word on how long the sale will last.