Monday, August 8, 2011

Polanski's Cul-de-sac on Criterion


Roman Polanski's absolutely amazing 1966 feature Cul-de-sac is finally hitting Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray on August 16th with a brand-new special edition from The Criterion Collection. The film, one of Polanski's finest, is a tremendous work and features startling performances from Lionel Stander, Donald Pleasence and the incredible Francoise Dorleac, who was tragically killed in a car accident shortly after the film's release. Criterion's special edition includes a new high definition transfer supervised by Polanski, a 2003 documentary on the film and an archival interview with Roman from 1967. To say this is one of the year's essential home video releases is an understatement.

3 comments:

Mike Lippert said...

I've never seen this one and have heard it's kind of awful. Maybe I need to get on seeing it. Funny how a lot of early Polanski work really divides the masses like that.

Lastyear said...

I'm a big Polanski fan but have always found trhis to one of his weakest films

Matt said...

I can remember when this was really hard to find. Nice to know it is now easily available in a HD transfer.

I recall it being a rather effective film. And, if I recall, it fits in with the Polanski theme of the victim becoming the bully.