Blu-ray, DVD Release: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $26.19
Studio: Criterion


Pedro Almodóvar (Broken Embraces) makes telephones, a mambo taxi, and a burning mattress into delirious plot points and indelible images in his 1988 international breakthrough, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

women-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown-1_optMelding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award-nominated black comedy secured the auteur’s place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema. Continuing Almodóvar’s exploration of the female psyche, the film tells the story of Pepa, an actor-played by the director’s frequent collaborator Carmen Maura (Let My People Go!)-who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a string of visitors, setting in motion a deliciously chaotic series of events.

The filmmaker channeled inspiration by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk into his own unique vision, arriving at the irreverent sense of humor and vibrant visual sense that define his work today.

With a sensational ensemble cast of early Almodóvar regulars that also includes Antonio Banderas (Haywire) and Rossy de Palma (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), this film shows an artist in total control of his craft.

Criterion’s new editions contain the following director-approved special edition features:

* New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and producer Agustín Almodóvar, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
* New interviews with director Pedro Almodóvar, actor Carmen Maura, and producer Agustín Almodóvar
* New discussion by film scholar Richard Peña of the film’s impact in Spain and abroad
* Trailer
* New English subtitle translation
* An essay by critic Elvira Lindo

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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.