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Criterion Press Release: Life Is Sweet (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 15 2013 - 09:21 AM






LIFE IS SWEET -  BLU-Ray & DVD Editions 
This moving film from Mike Leigh (Topsy-Turvy) is an intimate, invigorating, and amusing portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London—an irrepressible mum and dad (Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent) and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a sneering layabout (Claire Skinner and Jane Horrocks). In it, Leigh and his typically brilliant cast create, with extra­ordinary sensitivity and craft, a vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams (such as the father’s desire to open a food truck) carry enormous weight. Perched on the line between humor and melancholy, Life Is Sweet is captivating, and it was Leigh’s first international sensation.
 
1990 • 103 minutes • Color • 2.0 surround • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
 
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 
• New high-definition digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
• Audio recording of a 1991 interview with Leigh at the National Film Theatre in London
• More!
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt

TITLE: Life Is Sweet (BLU-RAY EDITION)                                     
CAT. NO: CC2258BD
UPC: 7-15515-10561-3
ISBN: 978-1-60465-722-7
SRP: $39.95                                    
PREBOOK: 4/30/13
STREET: 5/28/13
 
TITLE: Life Is Sweet (DVD EDITION)                                     
CAT. NO: CC2259D
UPC: 7-15515-10551-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-721-0
SRP: $29.95                                                      
PREBOOK: 4/30/13
STREET: 5/28/13


 

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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted February 16 2013 - 11:23 AM

I'm very pleased there is finally a properly mastered version of this movie, the one that introduced me to Mike Leigh and made me follow him ever since. I am saddened that the great trailer that October Films made for its U.S. release (in fact, the first film October ever released) won't be included. I think I even have the 35mm trailer from when I worked at a theatre that played it; would've gladly loaned it out to them.
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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted February 19 2013 - 03:40 PM

There's still time to get in touch with Criterion and offer it. Sometimes features are added after the announcements, if you do it quickly.
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#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted February 20 2013 - 09:06 PM

Naah. I've done work for other DVD labels in the past, and generally if they're announcing specs on a DVD release with less than 3 months from press release to street date, that thing is done. Besides, my trailer is in another state, and I wouldn't be able to fetch it in time anyway.
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