Posted Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 02:00 PM PDT by Tom Landy
The Criterion Collection says 'A Christmas Tale' is coming to Blu-ray in December.
In Arnaud Desplechin’s beguiling 'A Christmas Tale' (Un conte de Noël), Catherine Deneuve brings her legendary poise to the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. That simple family reunion setup, however, can’t begin to describe the unpredictable, emotionally volatile experience of this film, an inventive, magical drama that’s equal parts merriment and melancholy. Unrequited childhood loves and blinding grudges, brutal outbursts and sudden slapstick, music, movies, and poetry, A Christmas Tale ties it all together in a marvelously messy package.
Exact specs haven't been revealed yet, but the Blu-ray will be released on December 1 with a newly restored high-definition transfer supervised by Desplechin and the following supplements: L'aimée, Desplechin's 2007 documentary about the selling of his family home; New documentary featuring interviews with Desplechin and actors Mathieu Amalric and Catherine Deneuve; Original theatrical trailers; A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopate.
Suggested list price for the Blu-ray has been set at $39.95.
You can find the latest specs for 'A Christmas Tale' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under December 1.
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