Documentary “Grey Gardens” is coming to the UK Criterion Collection in April
More than 30 years after they began to set the bar for film presentation with their lovingly restored and feature packed LaserDisc special edition releases, the US indie The Criterion Collection is finally headed to the UK, thanks to a new deal with Sony Pictures.
The deal will see a selection of past and future titles getting a UK release (rights deals permitting of course), with identical artwork and extra features to those found in the US, and at very reasonable prices, especially when you compare them the cost of getting a US import (and the requirement for multi-region player to watch it on).
The first batch of 6 titles are released on April 18th, and include the documentary Grey Gardens.
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, codirected by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen. This special edition also features the 2006 follow-up to the film, The Beales of Grey Gardens, constructed from hours of extra footage in the filmmakers’ vaults.
- New 2K digital film restoration, approved by director Albert Maysles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Digital transfer of The Beales of Grey Gardens, approved by Maysles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Audio commentary for Grey Gardens, featuring Maysles, co-directors Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, and associate producer Susan Froemke
- Introduction to The Beales of Grey Gardens by Maysles
- Audio excerpts from a 1976 interview with Little Edie Beale
- Interviews with fashion designers Todd Oldham and John Bartlett on the continuing influence of Grey Gardens
- Behind-the-scenes photographs
- PLUS: An essay by critic Hilton Als