Blu-ray Release: The Piano

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Lionsgate

The PianoHailed by critics, 1993 movie The Piano won three Academy Awards and was generally liked by audiences, even though some considered it on the boring side.

Holly Hunter (Broadcast News) won one of those Oscars for Best Actress for her performance as a mute woman. Hunter’s Ada McGrath, along with her young daughter and prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner. But she’s soon lusted after by a worker on the plantation.

Anna Paquin (TV’s True Blood), in her first live-action movie, plays the daughter and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role. (These are the only Academy Award wins for the actresses so far.) The cast also includes Harvey Keitel (Taxi Driver) and Sam Neill (Daybreakers).

The Piano Blu-ray boxThe third Oscar win for The Piano was for the movie’s screenplay, written by Jane Campion (Bright Star), who also directed the romance film.

The Piano also was nominated for Best Picture, editing, director, costume design and cinematography, and that lauded cinematography should look grand in this Blu-ray debut.

Rated R, the drama grossed $40 million back when it was in theaters.

Disappointingly, the Blu-ray has only a trailer for special features, but the movie’s older DVD has the same.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.