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Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky from Arrow Academy in November

22 August 2020

Academy Award-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci (The ConformistLast Tango in ParisThe Last Emperor) brings a stunning adaptation of Paul Bowles’ heartbreaking classic novel to the screen that Vincent Canby in The New York Times called “a long, beautifully modulated cry of despair... the sort of dark, romantic movie that only Mr. Bertolucci could bring off.”

In the hopes of rekindling their marriage, sophisticated American couple Port and Kit Moresby (John Malkovich and Debra Winger) set off for North Africa intending to travel through Algeria – uncertain of exactly where they are heading but determined to leave the modern world behind. They are instead tested to their limits by the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert.

A distinguished and emotive follow up to his Best Picture-winning The Last Emperor (Academy Awards 1988) and a sensual highlight in an extraordinary filmmaking career, The Sheltering Sky won a BAFTA for Vittorio Storaro’s outstanding cinematography and a Golden Globe for Ryuichi Sakamoto’s haunting original score.

The Sheltering Sky Blu-ray cover art

The Sheltering Sky will be released on Blu-ray as part of the Arrow Academy label on 2 November 2020 at the RRP of £24.99.

Blu-ray Special Edition contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Archival audio commentary with director Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, and screenwriter Mark Peploe
  • Desert Roses (47 mins) – archival featurette
  • Brand new video essay by David Cairns & Fiona Watson
  • Brand new interview with art director Andrew Sanders
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original theatrical artwork
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kat Ellinger