Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Night Porter

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


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Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling in The Night Porter.

The 1974 drama The Night Porter is an unsettling piece from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani (Ripley’s Game)

In the film, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling, Never Let Me Go) discovers her former torturer and lover (Dirk Bogarde, I Only Want You To Want Me) working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them.

Operatic and disturbing, The Night Porter deftly examines the lasting social and psychological effects of the Nazi regime.

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

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New interviews with director Liliana Cavani and screenwriters Barbara Alberti and Amedeo Pagani
• Women of the Resistance, a fifty-minute 1965 documentary by Cavani, composed of interviews with female partisans who survived the German invasion of Italy, with an intro by the filmmaker
• New English subtitle translation
• An essay by scholar Gaetana Marrone-Puglia, author of The Gaze and the Labyrinth: The Cinema of Liliana Cavani

 

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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.