Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Taste of Honey

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 23, 2016
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $27.95
Studio: Criterion


The revolutionary British New Wave films of the early 1960s were celebrated for their uncompromising depictions of working-class lives and relations between the sexes. The 1961 drama A Taste of Honey, directed by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones), is a leading light of that movement.

Rita Tushingham in A Taste of Honey

Rita Tushingham in A Taste of Honey

Based on one of the most controversial plays of its day, A Taste of Honey stars Rita Tushingham (Doctor Zhivago), in a star-making debut role, as a disaffected teenager finding her way amid the economic desperation of industrial Manchester, and despite an absent, self-absorbed mother.

With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, Richardson’s classic is a still startling benchmark work of realism.

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

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with actors Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin
  • Audio interview with director and coscreenwriter Tony Richardson, conducted by film critic Gideon Bachmann at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival
  • New interview with Kate Dorney, curator of modern and contemporary theater at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, about A Taste of Honey’s onstage origins
  • Excerpt from a 1960 television interview with A Taste of Honeyplaywright Shelagh Delaney
  • Momma Don’t Allow(1956), Richardson’s first theatrical film
  • An essay by film scholar Colin MacCabe
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