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Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray - April Titles

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The month of April has ushered in a bounty (not The Bounty, that was last month) of great titles debuting on Blu-ray via boutique label Twilight Time. Each is a limited edition release (the Twilight Time standard is a 3,000 copy pressing, though select titles receive a 5,000 copy run). For ordering information, while supplies last, visit Twilight Time’s official distributor Screen Archives. You can also peruse their extensive back catalog of titles while you’re at it. Each release includes a new booklet essay by one of Twilight Time’s resident film historians, Julie Kirgo.

Richard III cover (138x180).jpgRichard III (1995)

This adaptation transplants Shakespeare’s 16th century play to an imagined fascist England of the 1930s. Ian McKellen not only stars as Richard, he’s also credited as co-screenwriter along with director Richard Loncraine. The distinguished supporting cast includes Annett Bening, Kristin Scott Thomas, Robert Downey Jr., Nigel Hawthorne, Jim Broadbent, and Maggie Smith. Limited to 3,000 copies.

The 1080p high definition image is framed at 2.35:1. The audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Special features on this edition include an isolated score track and original theatrical trailer.

Zardoz BD cover (138x180).jpgZardoz (1974)

Sci-fi/fantasy directed by John Boorman (Deliverance, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Beyond Rangoon), this one stars Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling. This is one of those rare Twilight Time titles with an expanded, 5,000 copy pressing.

The 1080p high definition image is framed at 2.35:1. The audio is DTS-HD MA 2.0. Special features include: isolated score track; audio commentary by director Boorman; audio commentary by film historians Jeff Bond, Joe Fordham, Nick Redman; radio spots; original theatrical trailer.

Remains of the Day BD cover (137x180).jpgThe Remains of the Day (1993)

The Merchant-Ivory classic starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson was called “a spellbinding tragi-comedy of high and most entertaining order” by Vincent Canby of The New York Times. Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant are part of the supporting cast. Limited to 3,000 copies.

The 1080p high definition image is framed at 2.35:1. The soundtrack is DTS-HD MA 5.1. Special features include: isolated score track; audio commentary by director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant, actress Emma Thompson; featurettes “The Remains of the Day: The Filmmakers’ Journey,” “Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor: England’s Fatal Flaw,” “Love and Loyalty: The Making of Remains of the Day”; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; original theatrical trailer.

Adele H BD cover (137x180).jpgThe Story of Adele H. (1975)

This François Truffaut-directed film stars Isabelle Adjani as the titular character. Twilight Time’s own press materials call this a “frighteningly intense look at amour fou: the obsessive love that drives a woman to destruction.” Celebrated The New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael called it “a feat of sustained acuteness, a grand-scale comedy about unrequited love, and Truffaut’s most passionate work.” Limited to 3,000 copies.

The 1080p high definition image is framed at 1.66:1. The audio is DTS-HD MA 1.0. Special features include: isolated score track; audio commentary by film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman; original theatrical trailer.

Fantasticks BD cover (138x180).jpgThe Fantasticks (1995-2000)

This period-piece musical was released in 2000, five years after it was made. Director Michael Ritchie adapted the film from an off-Broadway play. Limited to 3,000 copies.

The 1080p high definition image is framed at 2.35:1. The audio is offered in both DTS-HD MA 5.1 and DTS-HD MA 2.0. Special features include: isolated score track; audio commentary by director Michael Ritchie; audio commentary by actress Jean Louisa Kelly and Broadway authority Bruce Kimmel; audio commentary by journalist Chris Willman and film historian Nick Redman; original cut of the film (in standard definition); original theatrical trailer.

April Love BD Cover (137x180).jpgApril Love (1957)

This “musical melodrama” stars Shirley Jones and Pat Boone. “A good family entertainment,” claimed Variety, calling Pat Boone “a more assured performer, turning in an easy, affable performance.” The title song, written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, received an Oscar nomination. Limited to 3,000 copies.

The 1080p high definition image is framed at 2.35:1. The audio is DTS-HD MA 5.1. Special features include: isolated score track; audio commentary by actress Shirley Jones and film historian Nick Redman; original theatrical trailer.

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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