BFI to Release John Cassavetes’ Opening Night on Blu-ray & DVD on 27 May‏

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The latest release in the BFI’s John Cassavetes Collection, out on 27 May 2013, is the award-winning Opening Night (1977)starring Gena RowlandsJohn Cassavetes and Ben Gazarra. Released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, it is presented in a Dual Format Edition (also contains a DVD disc). Numerous extras include an audio commentary, a documentary – Memories of John and Peter Falk (Columbo) talking about John Cassavetes.

Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) rehearses for her latest play about a woman in denial at the onset of her autumn years. When Myrtle witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, it leads to a crisis of confidence in both her professional and her personal life which threatens to undermine the whole production.

Featuring a startling and compelling performance by Gena Rowlands, which won her the Silver Bear for Best Actress in 1978, Opening Night is arguably one of John Cassavetes’ most self-reflexive works and offers an insightful and intriguing evocation of the theatrical experience from both sides of the proscenium.

Special Features:

Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition

Audio commentary by Tom Charity, Mike Ferris and Bo Harwood

Memories of John (DVD only, 29 mins)

Falk on Cassavetes: the later years (DVD only, 14 mins)

Illustrated booklet featuring interviews and essays from Tom Charity, Al Ruban and Peter Bogdanovich

Product Details:

USA / 1977 / colour / English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles / 144 minutes / Original aspect ratio 1.85:1

Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)

Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)

Release Date: 27 May, 2013:

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