Brief Encounter: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1945) / Region A
Brief Encounter: The Criterion Collection

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Brief Encounter: The Criterion Collection

After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) begin a muted but passionate, and ultimately doomed, love affair. With its evocatively fog-enshrouded setting, swooning Rachmaninoff score, and pair of remarkable performances (Johnson was nominated for an Oscar), this film, directed by David Lean and based on Noel Coward's play Still Life deftly explores the thrill, pain, and tenderness of an illicit romance, and has influenced many a cinematic brief encounter since its release.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 22 2016
  • Production Year 1945
  • Empire SKU 1783364
  • UPC Code 715515175012
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


- High-definition digital transfer of the BFI National Archive’s 2008 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Audio commentary from 2000 by film historian Bruce Eder
- Interview from 2012 with Noël Coward scholar Barry Day
- A Profile of ""Brief Encounter"", a short documentary from 2000 on the making of the film
- David Lean: A Self Portrait, a 1971 television documentary on Lean’s career
- Trailer
- Plus: An essay by historian Kevin Brownlow


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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