Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: The Bostonians

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21 2019
Price: DVD $16.56, Blu-ray $22.08
Studio: Cohen Media

The 1984 period drama The Bostonians was the second of three handsomely mounted Henry James adaptations by the team of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, following 1979’s The Europeans and preceding The Golden Bowl (2000).

Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy), Vanessa Redgrave (The Aspern Papers) and Linda Hunt (Silverado) headline an all-star cast alongside Christopher Reeve (Superman) in this adaptation of James’s 1886 novel of political intrigue and forbidden romance in post-Civil War Boston.

Olive Chancellor (Redgrave) finds her infatuation with young activist Verena Tarrant (Madeleine Potter, Slaves of New York) challenged by a Southern lawyer (Reeve) who also loves her.

An intricately drawn study of the impact of women’s suffrage on society, the film is also a lush evocation of the late 19th century, with dazzling cinematography by Walter Lassally and a memorable score by frequent Merchant Ivory collaborator Richard Robbins.

Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include a new interview with director James Ivory, “Conversations from the Quad: James Ivory on The Bostonians,” the original trailer and the 2018 re-release trailer.

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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.