Blu-ray, DVD Release: The In-Laws

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 5, 2016
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


Peter Falk (A Woman Under the Influence) and Alan Arkin (Stand-Up Guys) make for a hilarious dream team in the beloved 1979 American comedy The In-Laws.

Alan Arkin and Peter Falk are The In-Laws.

Alan Arkin and Peter Falk are The In-Laws.

Directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story) from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles), The In-Laws may at first seem like a generic meet-the-parents comedy, as Arkin’s mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Falk’s volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter. But soon, through a series of events too serpentine and surprising to spoil, the two men are brought together by a dangerous mission that takes them from suburban New Jersey to Honduras.

Fueled by elaborate stunt work and the laconic, naturalistic charms of its two stars, The In-Laws deserves its status as a madcap classic—and has continued to draw ardent fans in the years since its release.

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

·        New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
·        Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew Bergman
·        New interview with Arkin 
·        In Support of “The In-Laws,” a new interview program featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong, and David Paymer 
·        Trailer
·        A booklet featuring an essay by comedy writer Stephen Winer and a 2011 recollection of the making of the film by Hiller
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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.