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Criterion Press Release: La Cage aux Folles (DVD)

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#1 of 2 Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 17 2013 - 09:48 PM

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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
 
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 
• 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


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#2 of 2 schan1269

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Posted June 18 2013 - 02:57 PM

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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