2014 has been a great year to be a high-def horror fan, with companies like Scream Factory putting out tons of great stuff on Blu-Ray for the first time. Well, 2015 is already shaping up to be similarly memorable. We recently told you about Grindhouse Releasing’s plans to put out Lucio Fulci’s 1981 gore-fest The Beyond on Blu-Ray next February, and previously gave you the heads up on Scream Factory’s plans for the new year. Now, the Criterion Collection has decided to jump into the fray, assigning a February 10th release date to their upcoming Blu-Ray of Nicolas Roeg’s classic 1973 supernatural mystery Don’t Look Now.
For those unfamiliar with the film, Don’t Look Now stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as a set of grieving parents who relocate from their home in England to Venice, Italy. Their young daughter recently drowned in a tragic accident, and the couple sees the trip as a way to move on from their ever-present despair. While there, John (Sutherland) is hired to restore an old church, while Laura (Christie) has a startling encounter with a purported psychic that claims to be able to communicate with the ghost of her deceased child.
Laura is shaken, but things appear to return to normal, that is until she and John become separated after a night on the town. While alone, John catches a brief glimpse of a small girl wearing the same red rain slicker his daughter died in. As the sightings continue, John is faced with a worrying conundrum: Is his daughter’s spirit truly haunting her parents? Or is there a more mundane explanation for the phenomena he and Laura are experiencing?
Criterion’s Blu-Ray of Don’t Look Now will sport a restored 4k transfer approved by Roeg, along with the film’s original lossless mono track. On the extras front, several archival documentaries and interviews will be included, along with two brand new documentaries. The first focuses on the process of writing and making the film, and will include interviews with Sutherland, Christie, co-writer Allan Scott, and cinematographer Anthony Richmond. The second new piece spotlights director Nicolas Roeg, and features interviews with A-list filmmakers Danny Boyle and Steven Soderbergh. Don’t Look Now’s theatrical trailer rounds things out.
If you haven’t experienced Don’t Look Now before, this disc represents the perfect opportunity to do so. The film is a master class in mood and tension, and is dripping with a spooky, gothic atmosphere. Plus, the ending is an absolute knockout, and almost makes the movie on its own.