Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Pure Formality

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 17, 2020
Price: DVD $15.29, Blu-ray $19.98
Studio: Kino Lorber

From Giuseppe Tornatore, the acclaimed director of Cinema Paradiso, comes the 1994 mystery-thriller A Pure Formality, which offers top-notch performances by Gérard Depardieu (1900) and Roman Polanski (Chinatown).

Onoff (Depardieu) is a famed author who hasn’t published anything in years and has become a recluse. One rainy night, he is picked up by the police, who find him running across the French countryside in the rain, breathless, without any identification and apparently suffering from short-term memory loss. A murder has been committed in the nearby woods, and suspecting Onoff’s involvement, the authorities detain him at a dark, leaky command post to await the arrival of the Inspector (Polanski), who’s ironically a fan of Onoff’s work. Through painstaking interrogatory dialectic, the Inspector delves into Onoff’s mind, and brings the writer to a new and unexpected realization.

An evocative nighttime tale, A Pure Formality also offers a moody score by legendary maestro Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).

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About Laurence

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.