Blu-ray, DVD Release: My Brilliant Career

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 30, 2019
Price: DVD $22.69, Blu-ray $27.37
Studio: Criterion

For her award-winning 1979 breakthrough film My Brilliant Career, director Gillian Armstrong drew on teenage author Miles Franklin’s novel, a celebrated turn-of-the-twentieth-century Australian coming-of-age story, to brashly upend the conventions of period romance.

Headstrong young Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis, in a star-making performance), bemoans her stifling life in the backcountry, where her writerly ambitions receive little encouragement, and craves independence above all else. When a handsome landowner (Sam Neill, Sleeping Dogs), disarmed by her unruly charms, begins to court her, Sybylla must decide whether she can reconcile the prospect of marriage with the illustrious life’s work she has imagined for herself.

Suffused with generous humor and a youthful appetite for experience, My Brilliant Career is a luminous portrait of an ardently free spirit.

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

* New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Gillian Armstrong, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Armstrong
* New interview with Armstrong
* Interview from 1980 with actor Judy Davis
* New interview with production designer Luciana Arrighi
* Trailer
* An essay by critic Carrie Rickey

Buy or Rent My Brilliant Career

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.