New Release: The Sleeping Beauty DVD

Release Date: Nov. 8, 2011
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing

The Sleeping Beauty The Sleeping Beauty is the second film in a planned trilogy of movies wherein French provocateur Catherine Breillat (Anatomy of Hell, The Last Mistress), explores female sexuality via a classic fairy tale.

The first movie in the series was writer/director Breillat’s 2009 Blue Beard and the third, still in the planning stages, will be her interpretation (deconstruction?) of the tale of Beauty and the Beast.

Also adding in elements from Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 story The Snow Queen, drama-fantasy The Sleeping Beauty follows the tale of young Anastasia. Cursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of 16. But a trio of fairy sisters devise an alternate plan so that rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years and live in a world of dreams. Through her active dream life, Anastasia will find love, loss and possibly a waking life…

Starring Clara Besnainou, Julia Artmonov, Kerian Mayan and David Chausse, 2010’s The Sleeping Beauty was made for French television, but that didn’t stop it from winning the Art Cinema Award at the Venice Film Festival. It subsequently played on the festival circuit before a limited run in U.S. theaters in July 2011.

On DVD, the unrated film is presented in French with English subtitles.

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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.