Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Virgin Suicides

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 24, 2018
Price: DVD $22.57, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

With Sofia Coppola’s (Lost in Translation) debut feature, the 1999 drama The Virgin Suicides, the budding filmmaker explores the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women.

A faithful adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s popular first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents-as told through the collective memory of a group of boys who yearn to understand what happened.

Kirsten Dunst in The Virgin Suicides

Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema.

Criterion’s new editions of the film include the following:

* New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Ed Lachman and approved by director Sofia Coppola, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New interviews with Coppola, Lachman, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, author Jeffrey Eugenides, and writer Tavi Gevinson
* Making of “The Virgin Suicides,” a 1998 documentary directed by Eleanor Coppola and featuring Sofia Coppola; Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola; actors Dunst, Hartnett, Scott Glenn, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods; Eugenides; and more
* Lick the Star, a 1998 short film by Coppola
* Official music video for Air’s soundtrack song “Playground Love,” directed and shot by Coppola and her brother Roman Coppola
* Trailer
* An essay by novelist Megan Abbott

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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.