Blu-ray, DVD Release: My Beautiful Laundrette

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 21, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Stephen Frears (Lay the Favorite) was at the forefront of the British cinematic revival of the mid-1980s, and the delightfully transgressive 1985 comedy-drama My Beautiful Laundrette is his greatest triumph of the period.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Gordon Warnecke in My Beautiful Laundrette

Daniel Day-Lewis and Gordon Warnecke in My Beautiful Laundrette

Working from a richly layered script by writer Hanif Kureishi (Le Week-end), soon to be internationally renowned, Frears tells an uncommon love story that takes place between a young South London Pakistani man (Gordon Warnecke), who decides to open an upscale laundromat to make his family proud, and his childhood friend, a skinhead (Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln), who volunteers to help make his dream a reality.

This culture-clash comedy is also a subversive work of social realism, which dares to address racism, homophobia, and sociopolitical marginalization in Margaret Thatcher’s England.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the movie contains the following features:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Oliver Stapleton, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New conversation between director Stephen Frears and producer Colin MacCabe
    • New interviews with writer Hanif Kureishi, producers Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe, and Stapleton
    • Trailer
    • An essay by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor


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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.