DVD Release: 56 Up

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95 (56 Up); $79.95 (The Up Series)
Studio: First Run Features

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56 Up is the latest installment in Michael Apted’s documentary series chronicling the lives of a group of people every 7 years.

Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series, currently highlighted by its latest entry, 2012’s 56 Up, has explored the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”

The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted (Firstborn), a researcher for the original Seven Up (which was directed by Paul Almond) has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.

From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, the group turns 56 and the latest collection of more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed.

An unique, inspired and extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th century, the renowned British film series is, according to critic Roger Ebert, “an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. [Director] Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life.”

And in case you feel you’ve missed something along the way (like one of the previous seven chapters!), the entire Up Series of eight films is also being issued on DVD on the same day and date.

Here’s the trailer:

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About Laurence

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.