Blu-ray, DVD Release: Safe (1995)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 9, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion Collection


Safe movie scene

Julianne Moore in Safe

In the 1995 drama Safe, Julianne Moore (Don Jon) gives a breakthrough performance as Carol White, a Los Angeles housewife in the late 1980s who comes down with a debilitating illness. After the doctors she sees can give her no clear diagnosis, she comes to believe that she has frighteningly extreme environmental allergies.

A profoundly unsettling work from the great American director Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine), Safe functions on multiple levels: as a prescient commentary on self-help culture, as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis, as a drama about class and social estrangement, and as a horror film about what you cannot see. This revelatory drama was named the best film of the 1990s in a Village Voice poll of more than fifty critics.

The Blu-ray and DVD of Safe contain the following features:

• New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Todd Haynes, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary featuring Haynes, actor Julianne Moore, and producer Christine Vachon
• New conversation between Haynes and Moore
• The Suicide, a 1978 short film by Haynes
• New interview with Vachon
• Trailer
• An essay by critic Dennis Lim

 

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About Laurence

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.