Blu-ray, DVD Release: Master of the House

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Release $39.95
Studio: Criterion


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Johannes Meyer and Astrid Holm star in Carl Dreyer's 1925 silent drama Master of the House.

Before he got up close and personal with 1928’s Joan of Arc, the Danish cinema genius Carl Theodor Dreyer (Vampyr) fashioned the 1925 silent drama Master of the House, a finely detailed, ahead-of-its-time examination of domestic life.

In this heartfelt story of a housewife (Astrid Holm) who, with the help of a wily nanny (Mathilde Nielsen), turns the tables on her tyrannical husband (Johannes Meyer), Dreyer finds lightness and humor; it’s a deft comedy of revenge that was an enormous box-office success and is considered an early example of feminism on-screen.

Constructed with the director’s customary meticulousness and stirring sense of justice, Master of the House is a jewel of silent cinema.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD combo edition of the film contains the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with a recent score by Gillian Anderson, presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray
• New interview with Dreyer historian Casper Tybjerg
• New visual essay on Dreyer’s camera work and editing by film historian David Bordwell
• New English intertitle translation
• One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu

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