Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: Maurice

Digital Release Date: Sept. 5, 2017, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 5, 2017
Price: DVD $21.85, Blu-ray $20.99
Studio: Cohen Media

Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, the break-through 1987 Merchant Ivory production Maurice is a moving story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding.

James Wilby and Hugh Grant in Maurice

Based on E.M. Forster’s novel, the R-rated romantic drama film centers on students Maurice Hall (James Wilby, Howard’s End) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant, The Remains of the Day), who find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret. After a friend is arrested and disgraced for “the unspeakable vice of the Greeks,” Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Maurice, however, struggles with his identity and self-confidence, leading to an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice’s life and outlook. seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his undeniable urges. But while staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice is seduced by the affectionate and yearning servant Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves, TV’s The White Queen), an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice’s life and outlook.

Bonus features on the DVD include a new on-stage Q&A with director James Ivory and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, The Story of Maurice, the original theatrical trailer and the 2017 re-release trailer.

The two-disc Blu-ray edition includes all of the DVD’s extras as well as Ivory and Lhomme on the making of the film; a new conversation between Ivory and director Tom McCarthy; The Story of Maurice; conversation with the filmmakers; deleted scenes and alternate takes with audio commentary by Ivory.

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