Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Long Day Closes

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 28, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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Leigh McCormack stars in 1992's The Long Day Closes.

The 1992 family drama The Long Day Closes is generally regarded as one of the finest works by the British writer/director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea), one of Britain’s most respected filmmakers.

This autobiographical film takes on the perspective of a quiet, movie-loving boy named Bud (Leigh McCormack, in his one and only film role) growing up lonely in Liverpool in the 1950s. Rather than employ a straightforward narrative, Davies jumps in and out of time, swoops into fantasies and fears, summons memories and dreams.

An evocative, movie-and-music–besotted portrait of the artist as a young man, The Long Day Closes fuses clips and audio from classic movies into Bud’s childhood and brings it all to elegant life.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of the PG-13-rated film contains the following features:

• New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary by director Terence Davies and director of photography Michael Coulter
• Episode from 1992 of the British television series The South Bank Show with Davies, featuring on-set footage from The Long Day Closes and interviews with cast and crew
• New interviews with executive producer Colin MacCabe and production designer Christopher Hobbs
• Trailer
• One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Koresky

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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.