Blu-ray, DVD Release: 45 years

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 7, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

In filmmaker Andrew Haigh’s (Weekend) exquisitely calibrated drama 45 years, Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter) and Tom Courtenay (The Dresser) perform a subtly off-kilter pas de deux as Kate and Geoff, an English couple who, on the eve of an anniversary celebration, find their long marriage shaken by the arrival of a letter to Geoff that unceremoniously collapses his past into their shared present.

Haigh carries the tradition of British realist cinema to artful new heights in 45 Years, weaving the momentous into the mundane as the pair go about their daily lives, while the evocatively flat, wintry Norfolk landscape frames their struggle to maintain an increasingly untenable status quo.

Loosely adapting a short story by David Constantine, Haigh shifts the focus from the slightly erratic Geoff to Kate, eliciting a remarkable, nuanced portrayal by Rampling of a woman’s gradual metamorphosis from unflappable wife to woman undone.

Previously released on DVD and Blu-ray by Paramount, Criterion’s director-approved editions of the 2015 film include the following:

* High-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Andrew Haigh, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary featuring Haigh and producer Tristan Goligher
* New documentary featuring interviews with Haigh, Goligher, actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, editor Jonathan Alberts, and director of photography Lol Crawley
* New interview with David Constantine, author of the short story on which the film is based
* Trailer
* An essay by critic Ella Taylor

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