Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Twilight Time
Julie Taymor’s (Frida) stunning 1999 cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus arrives on Blu-ray for the first time in January, 2014.
Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock) as a noble but misguided Roman general who finds himself ensnared in an unwinnable war of vengeance with an implacable barbarian queen (Jessica Lange, TV’s American Horror Story). With its time-bending mix of elements from Ancient Rome, Fascist Italy, Fifties America, and Punk Britain, Taymor’s radical re-imagining of the classic tragedy offers a dark vision of violence, murder, rape, and revenge.
A critical favorite upon its U.S. theatrical release in December, 1999, Stephen Holden of The New York Times described the R-rated Titus as “Shattering…a coup de cinema…a fine, provocative film.”
As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be prepared to pre-order this one directly from distributor Screen Archives as soon as the prebook date is announced, which will probably be in late-December.