Blu-ray, DVD Release: L’avventura

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 25, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

L'avventura movie scene

Monica Vitti does the ennui thing in Antonioni’s L’avventura.

Michelangelo Antonioni (La notte) unleashed a new kind of cinematic grammar–one that was more concerned with pace and space than it was with dialogue–with his 1960 masterwork L’avventura.

An iconic and undeniably challenging slice of 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative in its own right, the classic L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Once Upon a Time in the West’s Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (L’eclisse’s Monica Vitti, in her breakout role).

Antonioni’s controversial international sensation—it was the cocktail party conversation piece of the year—is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.

Criterion’s new DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film contain the following features:

• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary featuring film historian Gene Youngblood
• Selected-scene commentary by filmmaker Olivier Assayas
• Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials, a fifty-eight-minute 1966 documentary by Gianfranco Mingozzi
• Writings by director Michelangelo Antonioni, read by actor Jack Nicholson, plus Nicholson’s personal recollections of the director
• New English subtitle translation
• Trailer
• An essay by critic Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, along with the statement Antonioni made about the film and the letter that circulated in support of it after its 1960 Cannes premiere


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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.