Sunday, September 26, 2010

Criterion's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Out Tuesday

Just a quick note concerning the fact that Tuesday marks the release of Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence on DVD and Blu-Ray from The Criterion Collection. This remarkable film starring David Bowie and Takeshi Kitano was unfairly critically maligned at the time of its release so this new release is an important one. Here are the Criterion's specs (taken from their site) for the discs:

New, restored high-definition master (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

The Oshima Gang, a 1983 making-of featurette

New video interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, actor Tom Conti, and actor-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto

Hasten Slowly, an hour-long 1996 documentary about author Laurens van der Post, whose autobiographical novel was the basis for the film

Original theatrical trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and reprinted interviews with director Nagisa Oshima and actor Takeshi Kitano


le0pard13 said...

It's been entirely too long since I've seen this film. I know the Criterion folk will do it justice. Thanks, Jeremy.

Steve Langton said...

This is great news. A classic and so very moving. Shame Criterion regio lock their Blu's but I'm sure it will be a stunner.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks guys,
I can't wait to get ahold of this disc. I appreciate the comments.

J.D. said...

I watched it over the weekend for the first time. What an incredible film. Bowie's performance in it was astounding! The extras are pretty sweet too, esp. the vintage featurette from '83. Definitely worth a look.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks for the report J.D.!