Blu-ray, DVD Release: After Life

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 10, 2021
Price: DVD $21.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

If you could choose only one memory to hold on to for eternity, what would it be? That’s the question at the heart of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s revelatory international breakthrough, the fantasy-drama After Life, a bittersweet fantasia in which the recently deceased find themselves in a limbo realm where they must select a single cherished moment from their life to be recreated on film for them to take into the next world.

After Life’s high-concept premise is grounded in Kore‑eda’s documentary-like approach to the material, which he shaped through interviews with hundreds of Japanese citizens.

What emerges is a panoramic vision of the human experience—its ephemeral joys and lingering regrets—and a quietly profound meditation on memory, our interconnectedness, and the amberlike power of cinema to freeze time.

Director-Approved Special Edition Features:

  • New 2K restoration, approved by Kore-eda
  • Audio commentary
  • New interview with Kore-eda
  • New interview with stills photographer–cinematographer Masayoshi Sukita
  • New interview with cinematographer Yutaka Yamazaki
  • Deleted scenes
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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.