4K UHD, Blu-ray Release: The Trial

4K UHD/Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 19, 2023
Price: 4K UHD/Blu-ray $34.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

A feverishly inspired take on Franz Kafka’s novel, Orson Welles’s 1962 The Trial casts Anthony Perkins as the bewildered office drone Josef K. (Anthony Perkins, Psycho), whose arrest for an unspecified crime plunges him into a menacing bureaucratic labyrinth of guilt, corruption, and paranoia. Exiled from Hollywood and creatively unchained, Welles poured his ire at the studio system, the blacklist, and all forms of totalitarian oppression into this cinematic statement—a bold, personal film that he himself considered one of his greatest. Dizzying camera angles, expressionistic lighting, increasingly surreal locations—Welles unleashed the full force of his visual brilliance to convey the nightmarish disorientation of a world gone mad.

The 4K UHD/Blu-ray special edition contains the following:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • New audio commentary featuring film historian Joseph McBride
  • Filming “The Trial,”a 1981 documentary about the film’s production
  • Archival interviews with Welles, actor Jeanne Moreau, and director of photography Edmond Richard
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • An essay by author Jonathan Lethem
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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.