Blu-ray Release: The Exterminating Angel

Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 6, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $26.19
Studio: Criterion

A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave in the bizarre 1962 comedy The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador), a daring masterpiece from Luis Buñuel (Belle de jour, That Obscure Object of Desire).

exterminatingangel_1_optMade just one year after his international sensation Viridiana, this film, full of eerie, comic absurdity, furthers Buñuel’s wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes.

Presented in Spanish with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray edition of the film (a DVD incarnation was released back in 2009) contains the following:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel, a 2008 documentary featuring writer Jean-Claude Carrière and filmmaker Juan Luis Buñuel
  • Interviews with actor Silvia Pinal and filmmaker Arturo Ripstein from 2006
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and an interview with director Luis Buñuel from the 1970s
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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.