'Rosetta' and 'La Promesse' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Tue May 22, 2012 at 08:00 AM PDT by

Two films from the Dardenne brothers are in the works for Blu-ray in August.

In an early announcement to retailers, Criterion is preparing the 1999 drama 'Rosetta' for Blu-ray on August 14.

The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne turned heads with 'Rosetta,' an intense vérité drama that closely follows a poor young woman struggling to hold on to a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother.

The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p transfer, a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Conversation between film critic Scott Foundas and filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne; new interview with actors Émilie Dequenne and Olivier Gourmet; trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Kent Jones.

The directors' 'La Promesse' will also be available on Blu-ray on the same date.

This is the breakthrough feature from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, who would go on to become a force in world filmmaking. 'La Promesse' is a brilliantly economical and observant tale of a boy’s troubled moral awakening.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, an DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Conversation between film critic Scott Foundas and filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne; new interview with actors Jérémie Renier and Olivier Gourmet; trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Jones.

Suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Rosetta' and 'La Promesse' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under August 14.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Rosetta (Blu-ray)
La Promesse (Blu-ray)
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