DVD Release: Miss Julie (2014)

DVD Release Date: May 5, 2015
Price: DVD $26.98
Studio: Lionsgate

Miss Julie, the latest film adaptation of the legendary 1888 stage drama by August Strindberg, stars Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) and Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths) .

Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell in Miss Julie

Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell in Miss Julie

The naturalistic play concerns a wealthy aristocrat (Chastain) and her father’s valet (Farrell) whose innocent flirtation turns into a heated and dangerous affair that tests the boundaries of class and desire.

Directed by Ingmar Bergman’s go-to gal Liv Ullmann (Face to Face), the PG-13-rated film also features Samantha Morton (Cosmopolis) in its small cast.

As Strindberg is considered to be one of the greatest playwrights who ever lived (Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, John Osborne and Bergman have all sited him as a major influence), it’s rather surprising to see that his name isn’t mentioned on Lionsgate’s press release or the box cover copy. It’s got me wondering as to whether this barely-there limited theatrical release is the kind of entry that will do well with its stars’ younger followers rather than lovers of the great playwright, who might not even know the film has been released (or made for that matter….).

As a bonus feature, the DVD includes interviews with Ullmann and Chastain.

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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.