Blu-ray Finally Gets 'Naked' in July!

Posted Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM PDT by

The 1993 dark comedy gets the Criterion treatment this July.

In an early announcement to retailers, the Criterion Collection has just revealed 'Naked' for a Blu-ray release on July 12.

The brilliant and controversial 'Naked,' from director Mike Leigh, stars David Thewlis as Johnny, a charming and eloquent but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself through a nocturnal odyssey around London, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people, and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from Thewlis and costars Katrin Cartlidge and Lesley Sharp, Leigh’s picture of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes International Film Festival.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentary by Leigh and actors David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge; Exclusive video interview with director Neil LaBute; An episode of the BBC program The Art Zone in which author Will Self interviews Leigh; The Short and Curlies, a short comedy from 1982 directed by Leigh and starring Thewlis, with audio commentary by Leigh; Original theatrical trailer; and a booklet featuring essays by film critics Derek Malcolm and Amy Taubin.

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

You can find the latest specs for 'Naked' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under July 12.

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Naked (Blu-ray)
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