Blu-ray, DVD Release: La Vie De Bohème

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion


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A group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris in La vie de bohème.

The 1992 film La vie de bohème by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Leningrad Cowboys Go America) is a deadpan tragic-comedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris.

Based on stories from Henri Murger’s influential mid nineteenth-century book Scènes de la vie de bohème (the basis for the opera La bohème), the film features a marvelous trio of Kaurismäki regulars, André Wilms, Matti Pellonpää, and Karl Väänänen, as a poet, painter, and composer who scrape by together, sharing in life’s daily absurdities.

Gorgeously shot in black and white, La vie de bohème is a vibrantly scrappy rendition of a beloved tale and one of Kaurismäki’s most beguiling works.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo of the movie–which represents the first time the film has been issued on either format in the U.S.– includes the following features:

• New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Where Is Musette?, an hour-long documentary on the making of the film
• New interview with actor André Wilms
• Trailer
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Luc Sante

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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.