Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Great Beauty

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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Aging Italian journalist Toni Servillo takes stock of his life in The Great Beauty.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be the Place), the comedy-drama movie The Great Beauty is Italy’s official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards.

For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo, Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the lavish nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome itself, in all its monumental glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Servillo (Gomorrah), this transporting experience from director Sorrentino clicks as a rich Fellini-esque tale of decadence and lost love.

Presented in Italian with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo edition of The Great Beauty includes the following features:

• New 2K digital transfer, approved by director Paolo Sorrentino, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda
• New interview with actor Toni Servillo
• New interview with screenwriter Umberto Contarello
• Deleted scenes
• Trailer
• New English subtitle translation
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopate

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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.