Blu-ray, DVD Release: La ciénaga

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 25, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

La Cienaga movie sceneThe release of Lucrecia Martel’s 2008 drama La ciénaga heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema.

With a radical take on narrative, disturbing yet beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a decaying bourgeois clan, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel. This visceral take on class, nature, sexuality, and the ways political turmoil and social stagnation can manifest in human relationships is a drama of amazing tactility and one of the great contemporary film debuts.

Criterion’s director-approved special edition Blu-ray and DVD releases contain the following:

• New 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Lucrecia Martel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New interview with filmmaker Andrés di Tella about Martel and the film
• Trailer
• New English subtitle translation
• More!
• An essay by critic David Oubiña

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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.