Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Brighter Summer Day

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 22, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

a-brighter-summer-day1_optThe 1991 crime drama-romance A Brighter Summer Day, directed by Edward Yang (Yi Yi), is considered to be one of the great modern masterpieces of Taiwanese cinema.

Set in the early Sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Chen Chang, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency.

Set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil, it’s a key entry in the New Taiwan Cinema movement.

A Brighter Summer Day Criterion Blu-ray boxPresented in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film include the following:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns
    • New interview with actor Chen Chang
    • Our Time, Our Story,a 117-minute documentary from 2002 about the New Taiwan Cinema movement, featuring interviews with Yang and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, among others
    • Videotaped performance of director Edward Yang’s 1992 play Likely Consequence
    • New English subtitle translation
    • An essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire and a 1991 director’s statement by Yang
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