'Master of the House' Blu-ray Announced and Detailed

Posted Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM PST by

The classic 1925 silent comedy will have its revenge on Blu-ray this April.

In an early announcement to retailers, the Criterion Collection will be bringing 'Master of the House' on Blu-ray on April 22.

Before he got up close and personal with 'Joan of Arc,' the Danish cinema genius Carl Theodor Dreyer fashioned this finely detailed, ahead-of-its-time examination of domestic life. In this heartfelt story of a housewife who, with the help of a wily nanny, turns the tables on her tyrannical husband, Dreyer finds lightness and humor; it's a deft comedy of revenge that was an enormous box-office success and is considered an early example of feminism on-screen. Constructed with the director's customary meticulousness and stirring sense of justice, 'Master of the House' is a jewel of silent cinema.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will feature a new 1080p 2k digital restoration, a recent score by Gillian Anderson presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray, and supplements include: New interview with Dreyer historian Casper Tybjerg; New visual essay on Dreyer's camera work and editing by film historian David Bordwell; and A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu.

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

You can find the latest specs for 'Master of the House' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under April 22.

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Master of the House (Blu-ray)
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