Blu-ray, DVD Release: Mister Johnson

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

A decade after he broke through with Breaker Morant, Australian director Bruce Beresford made 1990’s Mister Johnson, another acclaimed film about the effects of colonialism on the individual.

Pierce Brosnan and Maynard Eziashi in Mister Johnson

Pierce Brosnan and Maynard Eziashi in Mister Johnson

In a performance that earned him the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for best actor, Maynard Eziashi (Bopha!) plays the title character, a Nigerian villager eager to work as a civil servant for the British authorities, including a sympathetic district officer (Pierce Brosnan, (The Thomas Crown Affair), in the hopes that it will benefit him in the future. Instead, his ambition leads to his tragic downfall.

Based on a 1939 novel by Joyce Cary, Mister Johnson is a graceful, heartfelt drama about the limits of idealism, affectingly acted and handsomely shot.

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions contain the following features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New video interviews with Beresford, producer Michael Fitzgerald, and actors Maynard Eziashi and Pierce Brosnan
    • Trailer
    • An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard


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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.