Blu-ray, DVD Release: Hopscotch

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 15, 2017
Price: DVD $27.56, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

The inimitable comic team of Walter Matthau (The Fortune Cookie) and Glenda Jackson (Sunday Bloody Sunday) star in the 1980 comedy adventure Hopscotch, a nimble tale of international intrigue from master British filmmaker Ronald Neame (Meteor).

Based on Brian Garfield’s best-selling novel, the blithe thriller centers on Miles Kendig (Matthau), a disillusioned retired CIA agent who, with the help of a chic and savvy Viennese widow (Jackson), threatens to publish his memoirs and expose the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. Despite being in major hot water with his former colleagues, Kendig refuses to get in line-he’s having too much fun.

Set to the sounds of Mozart, this lighthearted sendup of the paranoid dramas of its era is an expertly crafted, singular take on the spy movie.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the movie contain the following:

* New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Interviews from 2002 with director Ronald Neame and writer Brian Garfield
* Walter Matthau in a 1980 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show
* Trailer and teaser
* Optional broadcast television audio track for family viewing
* An essay by critic Glenn Kenny

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About Laurence

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.