Blu-ray, DVD Release: Tristana

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.98
Studio: Cohen Media/Entertainment One

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Catherine Deneuve is Tristana.

The 1970 film drama Tristana is a late masterpiece by one of world cinema’s most provocative and iconoclastic directors, Luis Buñuel (Belle de Jour).

After the death of her mother, beautiful young Tristana (Catherine Deneuve, of Belle de Jour and Potiche) goes to live with her new guardian, Don Lope Garrido (Fernando Rey of Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire), who has an unhealthy lust for his young ward. He quickly makes Tristana his lover, but as she grows older, she starts finding her own voice and demands to study music and art. Tristana later falls in love with a young artist (Franco Nero, Bathory; Countess of Blood), and leaves Don Lope to live with him, but later falls seriously ill and returns to her guardian, who is now rich from an inheritance. Their strange relationship now takes final, drastic turn as the bitter Tristana begins to take revenge on the aging, weakened man who stole her innocence.

Based on the novel by Benito Pérez Galdós, Spain’s leading novelist and playwright of the 19th century, Tristana has been digitally restored for this release.

Described by Vincent Canby of The New York Times as “the quintessential Buñuel film of all time,” the PG-13-rated Tristana, which is presented in French with English subtitles, is making its Stateside DVD and Blu-ray debut with this release.


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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.