Blu-ray, DVD Release: Howard’s End

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 6, 2016
Price: DVD $14.60, Blu-ray $15.59
Studio: Cohen Media

One of production team Merchant Ivory’s undisputed masterpieces, the 1992 period drama Howard’s End receives a new 4k restoration for its upcoming Blu-ray and DVD re-issue. The restoration was overseen and approved by director James Ivory and cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts.

howards1This adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel won multiple prizes including three Academy Awards, with Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) picking up Best Actress.

A saga of class relations and changing times in an Edwardian England on the brink of modernity, the film centers on liberal Margaret Schlegel (Thompson), who, along with her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor), becomes involved with two couples: wealthy, conservative industrialist Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins, Thor) and his wife Ruth (Vanessa Redgrave, Julia), and the downwardly mobile working-class Leonard Bast (Samuel West) and his mistress Jackie (Nicolla Duffett).

The interwoven fates and misfortunes of these three families and the diverging trajectories of the two sisters’ lives are connected to the ownership of Howard’s End, the dying Ruth’s beloved country home. A compelling, brilliantly acted study of one woman’s struggle to maintain her ideals and integrity in the face of Edwardian society’s moribund conformist values.


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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.