New Release: Black Moon Blu-ray and DVD

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Exotic animals abound in the post-apocalyptic fantasy Black Moon.

The Criterion Collection released Louis Malle’s (Atlantic City) bizarre and seldom-seen 1975 science-fiction fantasy Black Moon on Blu-ray and DVD on June 28, 2011.

Evocatively shot by Ingmar Bergman’s (The Magician) go-to cinematographer Sven Nykvist (Cries and Whispers), the foreign film is reportedly a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a post-apocalyptic world of shifting identities, talking animals and general weirdness.

The movie tells the story of a beautiful young woman (Cathryn Harrison, The Dresser), who, takes refuge in a remote farmhouse after skirting the horrors of an unidentified war being waged in an anonymous countryside. But there she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic odyssey of a mysterious family.

We haven’t seen this cult movie, but the good people of Criterion describe it as “one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other,” and that definitely works for us.

As with all of Criterion’s releases, Black Moon features a new high-definition digital restoration. The Blu-ray has an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and both got a new and improved English subtitle translation.

The Blu-ray and DVD carry the list prices of $39.95 and $29.95, respectively, and include these special features:

  • archival interview with director Louis Malle
  • gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • alternate French-dubbed soundtrack
  • original theatrical trailer
  • new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.