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3 films from Hal Hartley on Blu-ray and DVD in May/June

4 March 2013

Artificial Eye have announced the upcoming home video re-release of 3 films by American indie favourite Hal Hartley, this time on Blu-ray and DVD: Amateur, The Unbelievable Truth and Simple Men.

Sharp and witty but shot through with resonant tragedy, celebrated indie auteur Hal Hartley’s Amateur is a twisted metaphysical thriller that has been hailed as one of his finest works. An ex-nun (Isabelle Huppert), trying to turn her hand to writing pornography, meets Thomas (Martin Donovan), a recovering amnesiac in search of his estranged wife. The two set out in search of Thomas’ past but soon discover a trail of secrets leading to the dark, violent heart of his previous life and the pain that forced him to forget…


Amateur will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 13th May 2013.

The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
When a beautiful, college-bound girl, disturbingly preoccupied with the threat of nuclear destruction, falls in love with a handsome ex-con who is rumored to have murdered, many years before, the father of his high school sweetheart, the pair embark on a tempestuous affair and madcap journey across America. Hal Hartley’s first feature film, this warm-hearted yet deadpan satire about idealistic young love, capitalist moralizing and the need for passion and creation in everyday life threw the young director into the limelight of the US indie scene at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival.


The Unbelievable Truth will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 27th May 2013.

Simple Men (1992)
Double-crossed by his girlfriend in a heist gone wrong, Bill vows to seduce and abandon the next woman he comes across. Meanwhile, his brother Dennis is determined to track down their long-lost father, a former sport star alleged to have turned terrorist. Teaming up, the pair leaves New York, winding up in a small town where together they must confront their father’s legacy and their relationships with women. Fresh, daring, frequently hilarious and packed with filmic references, Simple Men is a fascinating dissection of the American Dream and a vivid insight into what it means to be a man.

Below is one our (and everybody's) favourite scenes from the film:


Simple Men will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 10th June 2013.


No extra features have yet been detailed for any of the discs.

The DVDs will retail at £15.99 and the Blu-rays at £19.99.