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Punch-Drunk Love & Akira Kurosawa's Dreams on Blu-ray in November

30 August 2016

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed the titles to be released in the UK in November. The series includes Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, the cult Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's enchanting personal journey presented for the first time in high definition region B Blu-ray format. Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by Kurosawa brings eight of the beloved director's own nighttime visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life. Also presented in high definition region B Blu-ray format is the off-kilter romantic comedy Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson's award-winning, kaleidoscopic classic featuring an astounding Adam Sandler in his first dramatic role.

Both titles arrive on 21st November 2016 at a yet to be confirmed RRP.

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams Blu-ray

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)

Unfolding in a series of mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa brings eight of the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, informed by tales from Japanese folklore, to cinematic life. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s unconscious, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic visions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power-plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of art, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s imagination at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.

Special Edition contents:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Masaharu Ueda, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince

  • Making of “Dreams” (1990), a 150-minute documentary shot on-set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi

  • New interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi

  • New interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami

  • Kurosawa’s Way (2011), a fifty-minute documentary by director Akira Kurosawa’s longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Theodoros Angelopoulos, Bernardo Bertolucci, Clint Eastwood, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Bong Joon-ho, Abbas Kiarostami, Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Scorsese, Julie Taymor, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, and John Woo

  • Trailer

  • New English subtitle translation

  • A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa’s script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami

Punch-Drunk Love Blu-ray

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Chaos lurks in every corner of this giddily off-kilter foray into romantic comedy by Paul Thomas Anderson. Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty toilet plunger salesman Barry Egan (Adam Sandler, demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affections of a mysterious woman named Lena (Emily Watson), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (played with maniacal brio by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Fueled by the careening momentum of a baroque-futurist score by Jon Brion, the Cannes-award-winning Punch-Drunk Love channels the spirit of classic Hollywood musicals and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.

Special Edition contents:

  • 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Paul Thomas Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

  • Blossoms & Blood, a twelve-minute 2002 piece by Anderson featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, along with music by Jon Brion

  • New interview with Brion

  • New piece featuring behind-the-scenes footage of a recording session for the film’s soundtrack

  • New conversation between curators Michael Connor and Lia Gangitano about the art of Jeremy Blake

  • Additional artwork by Blake

  • Cannes press conference from 2002

  • NBC News interview from 2000 with David Phillips, “the pudding guy”

  • Twelve Scopitones

  • Deleted scenes

  • Mattress Man commercial

  • Trailers