Blu-ray, DVD Release: Certified Copy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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Juliette Binoche has an ear for romance in Certified Copy.

The great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (Close-up) sets his 2010 drama-romance film Certified Copy (Copie conforme) in Italy, a land where, quite frequently (particularly in romantic movies), nothing is as it appears.

In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer (opera singer William Shimell) meets a French woman (Juliette Binoche, Summer Hours). As the woman leads the man into the village on Lucignano and the two get to know each other over the course of a long afternoon, their new but undeniably strong relationship reveals itself as something richer, stranger, and trickier than either of them could have imagined.

Described by the good people of Criterion as “a mind-bending reflection on authenticity, in art as well as in relationships, that reminds us that love itself is an enigma,” Certified Copy was a critics’ darling that rang up $1.4 million at the box office when it played in theaters on a limited basis in March, 2011.

Presented in English, French, and Italian with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film contain the following features:

• New high-definition digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New interview with director Abbas Kiarostami
Let’s See “Copia conforme,” an Italian documentary on the making of Certified Copy, featuring interviews with Kiarostami and actors Juliette Binoche and William Shimell
• Trailer
• New English subtitle translation
• A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Godfrey Cheshire


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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.