Blu-ray Release: Grey Gardens

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 10, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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The lives of Big Edie (top) and Little Edie Beale are revealed in Grey Gardens.

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis, in the 1976 documentary Grey Gardens.

The two “Edie Gals” manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot.

A remarkably intimate portrait, this movie by Albert and David Maysles (Salesman)—co-directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer—quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.

This special edition also features the 2006 follow-up to the film, The Beales of Grey Gardens, constructed from hours of extra footage in the filmmakers’ vaults.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the disc’s features:

• New 2K digital film restoration, approved by codirector Albert Maysles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
The Beales of Grey Gardens, the 2006 sequel to the film
• Audio commentary for Grey Gardens, featuring Maysles and codirectors Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, along with associate producer Susan Froemke
• Introduction to The Beales of Grey Gardens by Maysles
• Audio excerpts from a 1976 interview with Little Edie Beale, conducted by Kathryn G. Graham
• Interviews with fashion designers Todd Oldham and John Bartlett on the continuing influence of Grey Gardens
• Behind-the-scenes photographs
• Trailers
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als


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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.