New Release: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives DVD and Blu-ray

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives movie scene

There are strange things going down in the forest in Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Strand Releasing issued Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a colorful comedy-drama fantasy movie from Thailand, on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12, 2011.

The film tells the story of Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar), who is suffering from acute kidney failure and has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife (Natthakarn Aphaiwonk) appears to care for him, and his long lost son (Geerawsak Kulhong) returns home in a non-human form.

Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his sister-in-law (Janjira Pongpas) and nephew (Sakda Kaewbuadee) to a mysterious hilltop cave – the birthplace of his first life…

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 and enjoyed a successful worldwide release in theaters and at a slew of international film festivals. It received a very limited release in theaters in the U.S. in March 2011.

The DVD and Blu-ray carry the list prices of $24.98 and $34.99, respectively.

The Blu-ray includes these special features:

  • A Letter to Uncle Boonmee short film that inspired the movie
  • deleted scene
  • interview with director
  • trailers

The DVD offers everything except the short film.

Check out the very fantastical trailer:


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