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Criterion Press Release: La Cage aux Folles (DVD)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    La Cage aux Folles – Blu-ray & DVD
    Renato (La grande bouffe’s Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Diabolique’s Michel Serrault)—a middle-aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in St. Tropez—agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the ultraconservative parents of Renato’s son’s fiancée come for a visit. This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and the beauty of being true to oneself. A modest French comedy that became a breakout art-house smash in America, Edouard Molinaro’s La Cage aux Folles inspired a major Broadway musical and the blockbuster remake The Birdcage. But with its hilarious performances and ahead-of-its-time social message, there’s nothing like the audacious, dazzling original movie.

    1978 • 96 minutes • Color • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.66:1 aspect ratio

    • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
    • New interview with director Edouard Molinaro
    • Archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folles
    • New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre
    • French and U.S. trailers
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein

    TITLE: La Cage aux Folles (BLU-RAY EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2305BD
    UPC: 7-15515-10981-9
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-774-6
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 8/13/13
    STREET: 9/10/13

    TITLE: La Cage aux Folles (DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2306D
    UPC: 7-15515-10991-8
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-775-3
    SRP: $29.95
    PREBOOK: 8/13/13
    STREET: 9/10/13
  2. schan1269

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    I caught this on HBO(CineMax, Showtime...whatever) once.

    It is amazing how "word for word" the remake is. This might be a purchase.

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