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Brief Encounter Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1945 | 86 min | Not rated | Apr 26, 2016
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1
English: LPCM Mono
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Brief Encounter (1945) The Criterion Collection Blu-ray
A love affair which was not meant to be is the basis for this real-life look into the extra-marital attractions which develop between married couples.
Director: David Lean
Writers: Noel Coward, Anthony Havelock-Allan, David Lean, Ronald Neame
Starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond, Everley Gregg
After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) enter into 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 for her role), this film, directed by David Lean and based on Noël 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.
New high-definition digital transfer of the BFI National Archive's 2008 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
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
STREET DATE: APRIL 26.