Brighter Summer Day, A: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1991) / Region A
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Brighter Summer Day, A: The Criterion Collection

Among the most praised and sought-after titles in all contemporary film, this singular masterpiece of Taiwanese cinema, directed by Edward Yang, finally comes to home video in the United States. Set in the early sixties in Taiwan, A Brighter Summer Day is based on the true story of a crime that rocked the nation. A film of both sprawling scope and tender intimacy, this novelistic, patiently observed epic centers on the gradual, inexorable fall of a young teenager (Chen Chang, in his first role) from innocence to juvenile delinquency, and is set against a simmering backdrop of restless youth, rock and roll, and political turmoil.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 16 2016
  • Production Year 1991
  • Empire SKU 1776814
  • UPC Code 715515170413
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
New audio commentary featuring critic Tony Rayns
New interview with actor Chen Chang
Our Time, Our Story, a 113-minute documentary from 2002 about the New Taiwan Cinema movement, featuring interviews with Yang and filmmakers Hou Hsiao-hsien, Sylvia Chang, and Tsai Ming-liang, among others
Videotaped 1992 performance of director Edward Yang’s 1992 play Likely Consequence
New English subtitle translation
Plus: An essay by critic Godfrey Cheshire and a 1991 director’s statement by Yang

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Mandarin Dolby Digital Mono
    Taiwanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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