New Release: The Strange Case of Angelica Blu-ray and DVD

The Strange Case of Angelica movie scene

Pilar Lopez de Ayala lives and lounges in The Strange Case of Angelica.

Cinema Guild released the 2010 Portuguese drama film The Strange Case of Angelica, directed by 102-year-old filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 2, 2011.

In the movie, late one night, a young photographer named Isaac (Ricardo Trepa) is summoned to by a wealthy family to the last photograph of a young bride, Angelica (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), who has recently and mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica’s hypnotic beauty. But when he looks through his lens, the young woman appears to come to life. From that moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night.

Presented in Portuguese with English subtitles, the magical realism-flavored Strange Case of Angelica played a host of international theatrical dates and film festivals in 2010, along with a limited run in U.S. theaters in October.

No bonus features are on the Blu-ray and DVD, which carry the list prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.

Among the dozens of movies that Manoel de Oliveira has directed in his 80-year filmmaking career are 2003’s A Talking Picture starring John Malkovich (Secretariat) and Catherine Deneueve (The Hunger) and 1997’s Voyage to the Beginning of the World with Marcello Mastroianni (Marriage Italian Style).

As for Angelica, here’s the trailer:


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