Blu-ray, DVD Release: Women in Love

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 27, 2018
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

With the 1969 romantic drama Women in Love, the audacious Ken Russell (Tommy) vaulted onto the international stage, drawing on the psychosexual radicalism of D. H. Lawrence’s classic novel to shatter taboos in his own time.

Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson in Women in Love

Set in an English mining community on the crest of modernity, Women in Love traces the shifting currents of desire that link the emancipated Brangwen sisters (Jennie Linden and an Oscar-winning Glenda Jackson) to a freethinking dreamer (Alan Bates, Royal Flash) and a hard-willed industrialist (Oliver Reed, The Brood) – as well as the men’s own erotically charged friendship.

Coupling earthy sensuality with kaleidoscopically stylized images, Russell pursues this quartet to the heights of agony and ecstasy, crafting a breathtaking drama of human sexuality at its most liberating, dominating, and destructive extremes.

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

* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Two audio commentaries from 2003, one featuring director Ken Russell and the other screenwriter and producer Larry Kramer
* Segments from a 2007 interview with Russell for the BAFTA Los Angeles Heritage Archive
* A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible, Russell’s 1989 biopic on his own life and career
* Interview from 1976 with actor Glenda Jackson
* Interviews with Kramer and actors Alan Bates and Jennie Linden from the set
* New interviews with director of photography Billy Williams and editor Michael Bradsell
* Second Best, a 1972 short film based on a D. H. Lawrence story, produced by and starring Bates
* Trailer
* An essay by scholar Linda Ruth Williams

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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.