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The Criterion Collection
Running Time: 123 Minutes
Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Leo McKren
Screenplay by: Harold Pinter
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Retail Price: $39.95
Features: Ian Christie Interview, The South Bank Show, Emotional Uncertainities, Carl Davis, Trailer
Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen Screen 1080p High Definition, English Uncompressed Mono, English Subtitles, Chapters (16 Chapters)
Released: August 11th, 2015
English subtitles are included.
There are a few goodies here. Leading the charge is an Interview with Ian Christie. Christie, a film scholar, gives a terrific primer about the film and the book. He discusses the work of John Fowles, how the book was considered unfilmable and the collaboration between screenwriter Harold Pinter and Karel Resiz. Christie discusses how Pinter went about the adaptation, how he thinks the film has fallen through the cracks since its release and its themes and character. A must watch.
The South Bank Show
is another fine treat. This was a show that aired in the United
Kingdom, and this is a 51 minute segment that features John Folwes,
Resiz and Pinter. It is from 1981, and is quite a time capsule and
features plenty of insights about the film and book, as well at the
artists speaking. It is a little dry, but still a good watch.
Emotional Uncertainities is a 31 minute documentary produced by Criterion about the film. It features interviews with Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep and editor John Bloom. The three talk about the book and how the film differs, as well as their experiences working with the filmmakers and themes of the story. Clips from the film and stills are included admist the talking heads. Really interesting recollections can be found here.
Carl Davis is also given his own interview that lasts 21 minutes. Davis discusses how he met Karel Resiz, and how he got hooked into The French Lieutenant's Woman. Davis discusses the original intentions of the score when he was brought in, and how his work evolved from there. Davis even plays a few samples. Wonderful and engrossing.
Finally, the movie's Trailer is included, as well as a lovely essay from film scholar Lucy Bolton.