Blu-ray, DVD Release: Life Is Sweet

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Life Is Sweet

Timothy Spall and Alison Steadman in Life Is Sweet.

Written and directed by Mike Leigh (Another Year), 1990’s moving comedy-drama film Life Is Sweet is an intimate but invigorating portrait of a working-class family in England.

The family lives in a suburb just north of London and consists of an irrepressible mum and dad (Alison Steadman and The Iron Lady‘s Jim Broadbent) and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a sneering layabout (Claire Skinner and Jane Horrocks).

In the movie, Leigh and his cast create, with extra­ordinary sensitivity and craft, a vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams (such as the father’s desire to open a food truck) carry enormous weight.

Perched on the line between humor and melancholy, Life Is Sweet is captivating, and it was British theater director and filmmaker Leigh’s first international sensation.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain the following features:

• New high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
• Audio recording of a 1991 interview with Leigh at the National Film Theatre in London
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt
• More!

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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.