Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Dry, White Season

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2018
Price: DVD $22.69, Blu-ray $22.97
Studio: Criterion

With the bracing 1989 drama A Dry, White Season, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indictment of South Africa’s racist government-and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film.

Marlon Brando in A Dry, White Season

White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland, Klute) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal repression comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities.

Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, A Dry White Season is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression.

Criterion’s director-approved Blu-ray and DVD special editions include the following:

* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas
* Five Scenes, a new program featuring Palcy
* Interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland
* Excerpt from a 1995 interview Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela
* Footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards
* An essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry

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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.