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Bluebeard's Castle on Blu-ray in November and streaming in December

8 November 2023

Discover a lost masterpiece from acclaimed director Michael Powell (The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom) with this stunning adaptation of Béla Bartok's expressionist opera. Unavailable for many years, Bluebeard's Castle (Herzog Blaubarts Burg) has been painstakingly restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, in association with The Ashbrittle Film Foundation, and is presented here – on its 60th anniversary – in both its original broadcast format and its revised 1978 edition, featuring selected English subtitles added by Powell. Its Blu-ray release is part of the major BFI season, Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger, launched on 16 October and running until 31 December 2023.

Starring Norman Foster, the American operatic bass-baritone as the murderous Bluebeard and Ana Raquel Satre as his doomed wife Judith, this boldly original production was made for West German television in 1963. It combines outstanding performances with spectacular production designs (by the award-winning, long term Archers collaborator Hein Heckroth) symbolising Bluebeard's tortured soul, as Powell concocts a daring and inventive interpretation of a haunting work, equal to the creative innovation of Powell and Pressburger's iconic The Tales of Hoffmann (1951).

Bluebeard's Castle Blu-ray cover art

Bluebeard's Castle will be released on Blu-ray by the BFI on 27 November 2023 at the RRP of £19.99. The film will also be available on iTunes and Amazon Prime from 1 December and on BFI Player Subscription from 4 December 2023.


  • Newly restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation in association with The Ashbrittle Film Foundation, and presented in High Definition. Restoration funding provided by the BFI National Archive and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation and The Film Foundation 
  • Optional audio track of the English translation, commissioned by Michael Powell and sung by Norman Foster and Ana Raquel Satre
  • Newly recorded interview with film scholar Ian Christie (2023, 21 mins)
  • Picture Business: Michael Powell at Dartmouth (1980, 16 mins): a short documentary depicting Powell's time as artist in residence at Dartmouth College
  • Image gallery of production designs by Hein Heckroth
  • First pressing only: Illustrated booklet with an essay by Ian Christie; 'Bluebeard's Castle: A Prologue' – extracts from Million-Dollar Movie by Michael Powell; Bertrand Tavernier on Bluebeard's Castle; biographies of Hein Heckroth, Norman Foster and  Ana Raquel Satre by Lillian Crawford; notes on the special features and credits

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