The Criterion Collection UK announces April 2018 releases

The Criterion Collection UK and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed their two Blu-ray releases for April 2018.


A Film By Edouard Molinaro

Release Date: 2 April, 2018

First up, Edouard Molinaro’s outrageous, uproarious smash-hit 1970s art house comedy, La Cage Aux Folles.

Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Michel Serrault) — a middle-aged gay couple who are the manager and star performer at a glitzy drag club in St. Tropez — agree to hide their sexual identities, along with their flamboyant personalities and home decor, when the ultraconservative parents of Renato’s son’s fiancée come for a visit.

This elegant comic scenario kicks off a wild and warm-hearted farce about the importance of non-conformity and the beauty of being true to oneself; a social message well ahead of its time.

Special Features:

New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

New interview with director Edouard Molinaro

Archival footage featuring actor Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret, writer and star of the original stage production of La Cage aux Folles

New interview with Laurence Senelick, author of The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre

French and U.S. trailers

New English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Ehrenstein


A Film By Leo McCarey

Release Date: 23 April, 2018

Next up is Leo McCarey’s Academy Award-winning 1937 screwball comedy, The Awful Truth.

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as Jerry and Lucy Warriner, an urbane couple who, fed up with each other’s infidelities, resolve to file for divorce. Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can’t help but meddle in Lucy’s ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman, and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead.

The Awful Truth is a warm but unsparing comedy classic about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible.

Special Features:

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

New interview with critic Gary Giddins about director Leo McCarey

New video essay by film critic David Cairns on actor Cary Grant’s performance

Illustrated 1978 audio interview with actor Irene Dunne

Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring actor Claudette Colbert and Grant

PLUS: An essay by film critic Molly Haskell

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