Blu-ray, DVD Release: Punch-Drunk Love

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 15, 2016
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion


Chaos lurks in every corner of Punch-Drunk Love, a giddily off-kilter 2002 foray into romantic comedy by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, Inherent Vice).

Adam Sandler and Emily Watson in Punch-Drunk Love

Adam Sandler and Emily Watson in Punch-Drunk Love

Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty toilet plunger salesman Barry Egan (Adam Sandler, Pixels) demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affections of a mysterious woman named Lena (Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (played with maniacal brio by The Master‘s Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Fueled by the careening momentum of a baroque-futurist score by Jon Brion (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Magnolia), the Cannes-award-winning Punch-Drunk Love channels the spirit of classic Hollywood musicals and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.

Criterion’s editions of the movie include the following:

  • 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Paul Thomas Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Blossoms & Blood, a twelve-minute 2002 piece by Anderson featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, along with music by Jon Brion
  • New interview with Brion
  • New piece featuring behind-the-scenes footage of a recording session for the film’s soundtrack
  • New conversation between curators Michael Connor and Lia Gangitano about the art of Jeremy Blake
  • Additional artwork by Blake
  • Cannes press conference from 2002
  • NBC News interview from 2000 with David Phillips, “the pudding guy”
  • Twelve Scopitones
  • Deleted scenes
  • Mattress Man commercial

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