Blu-ray Release: The Servant (1963)

Blu-ray Release Date: June 20, 2023
Price: Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion Collection

The prolific, ever provocative Joseph Losey (Mr. Klein, The LawlessFigujres in a Landscape, The Romantic Englishwoman), blacklisted from Hollywood and living in England, delivered a coolly modernist shock to the system of that nation’s cinema with the 1963 drama The Servant, a mesmerizing dissection of class, sexuality, and power.

A dissolute scion of the upper crust (James Fox, The Russia House) finds the seemingly perfect manservant (a diabolical Dirk Bogarde, during his transition from matinee idol to art-house icon) to oversee his new London town house. But not all is as it seems, as traditional social hierarchies are gradually, disturbingly destabilized.

Lustrously disorienting cinematography and a masterful script by playwright Harold Pinter merge in The Servant, a tour de force of mounting psychosexual menace.


  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New program on director Joseph Losey by film critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • Rare interview from 1976 with Losey by critic Michel Ciment
  • Interview from 1996 with screenwriter Harold Pinter
  • Interviews with actors Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles, and Wendy Craig
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author Colm Tóibín
Buy or Rent The Servant (1963)

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