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Yi Yi & The Age of Innocence on Blu-ray from Criterion UK in March

21 December 2017

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed the titles to be released on Blu-ray in March 2018.

On 5 March comes Edward Yang's Yi Yi. This warm, sprawling, and dazzling epic follows a middle class family in Taipei over the course of one year,  and is one of the undisputed masterworks of the new century.

Following on the 19 March is Martin Scorsese’s lavish period piece The Age of Innocence, an achingly beautiful adaptation of the classic novel starring Daniel-Day Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder. 


Yi Yi Blu-ray pack shot

Yi Yi

The extraordinary, internationally embraced Yi Yi [A One and a Two...], directed by the late Taiwanese master Edwrad Yang (A Brighter Summer Day), follows a middle-class family in Taipei over the course of one year, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral. Whether chronicling middle-age father NJ’s tentative flirtations with an old flame or precocious young son Yang-Yang’s attempts at capturing reality with his beloved camera, the filmmaker deftly imbues every gorgeous frame with a compassionate clarity. Warm, sprawling, and dazzling, this intimate epic is one of the undisputed masterworks of the new century.

Director-approved Special Edition features:

  • Newly restored digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by writer-director Edward Yang and Asian-cinema critic Tony Rayns
  • Video interview with Rayns about Yang and the New Taiwan Cinema movement
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Original English subtitle translation by Yang and Rayns
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Kent Jones and notes from the director


The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

No filmmaker captures the grandeur and energy of New York like Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas). With this sumptuous romance, he meticulously adapted the work of another great New York artist, Edith Wharton, bringing to life her tragic novel of the cloistered world of Gilded Age Manhattan. The Age of Innocence tells the story of Newland Archer (My Beautiful Laundrette’s Daniel Day-Lewis), whose engagement to an innocent socialite (Heathers’ Winona Ryder) binds him to the codes and rituals of his upbringing. But when her cousin (Dangerous Liaisons’ Michelle Pfeiffer) arrives in town on a wave of scandal after separating from her husband, she ignites passions in Newland he never knew existed. Swelling with exquisite period detail, this film is an alternately heart-breaking and satirical look at the brutality of old-world America.

Director-approved Special Edition features:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD
  • New interviews with Scorsese, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, production designer Dante Ferretti, and costume designer Gabriella Pescucci
  • Innocence and Experience, a 1993 documentary on the making of the film
  • An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien