'Insignificance' and 'The Makioka Sisters' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 08:00 AM PDT by

Two 1980s films from Nicolas Roeg and Kon Ichikawa will be getting the Criterion Blu-ray treatment this May.

Criterion says the 1985 film 'Insignificance' is planned for Blu-ray on June 14.

Four unnamed people who look and sound a lot like Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, and Joseph McCarthy converge in one New York City hotel room for this compelling, visually inventive adaptation of Terry Johnson’s play, from director Nicolas Roeg.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p, an uncompressed mono soundtrack, and supplements include: New video interviews with Roeg, Thomas, and editor Tony Lawson; Making “Insignificance,” a short documentary shot on the set of the film; Original theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and a reprinted exchange between Roeg and screenwriter Terry Johnson.

On the same day, Criterion will also be bringing the 1983 Japanese drama 'The Makioka Sisters' to Blu-ray.

This graceful study of a family at a turning point in history is a poignant evocation of changing times and fading customs, shot in rich, vivid colors.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, an uncompressed Japanese mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: Original theatrical trailer and a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Audie Bock.

Suggested list price for 'Insignificance' is $39.95, while 'The Makioka Sisters' is $29.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Insignificance' and 'The Makioka Sisters' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under June 14.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Insignificance (Blu-ray)
The Makioka Sisters (Blu-ray)
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