New Release: Identification of a Woman Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date: Oct. 25, 2011
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Criterion

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Christine Boisson reflects in Identification of a Woman.

Written and directed by the great Michelangelo Antonioni (I Vinti), Identification of a Woman takes a soul-baring voyage into one man’s artistic and erotic consciousness.

After his wife leaves him, a film director (Tomas Milian) finds himself drawn into affairs with two enigmatic women (Daniela Silverio and Christine Boisson), while at the same time searching for the right subject and actress for his next film.

A kind of “anti-romance” erotic drama, the 1982 movie was a late-career coup for the legendary Italian filmmaker, and it’s still renowned for its sexual explicitness and an extended scene on a fog-enshrouded highway that stands with the director’s greatest set pieces.

Unlike most Criterion releases, which are known for being packed with bonus features, the DVD and Blu-ray for Identification of a Woman have only a booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers and a reprinted 1982 interview with Michelangelo Antonioni by critic Gideon Bachmann.

The discs do, however, feature new high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition, new and improved English subtitle translation and the theatrical trailer.


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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.