Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 11, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $26.19
Studio: Criterion

An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour) was launched into stardom in Jacques Demy’s glorious heart-tugging 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Deneuve plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly.

Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.

Completely sung in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the classic movie contain the following:

* 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Once Upon a Time . . . “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a 2008 documentary
* Interview from 2014 with film scholar Rodney Hill
* French television interview from 1964 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the film
* Audio recordings of interviews with actor Catherine Deneuve (1983) and Legrand (1991) at the National Film Theatre in London
* Restoration demonstration
* Trailer
* An essay by critic Jim Ridley

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