Housekeeping Blu Ray Review

H3The family that Ruth and Lucille belong too are a complex bunch. By complex it would be fair to say unstable. They lost their mother to a cliff and a car. They lost their grandfather to a train and an ice lake. It would seem that Fingerbone is not a nice place. Now they lose their gran to nature and father time. Auntie Sylvie is about to make life just a little bit lighter and a little bit weirder. It might be a little bit more magical than that snow draped, crisp air life these two kids lead. However the new life doesn’t come simply as anyone would expect. It is a series of . Auntie Sylvie is not what they expected, she is something akin to the families own external misadventure.

H4Capturing that place between real and unreal is hard. Cinema is built on this crux but it is often based in one side or other firmly. We live in a time where everyone wants to be told truth but in their own way. That is to say that they want their truth, that they can handle. It can cause some films to be overly clear of any opinion or impartiality. Here Forsyth gives us these characters truths in equally surreal and sardonic ways. Not impartial or impersonal just good narrative. Also great characters to explore. Funny in delivery but still able to be taken seriously, it works on its multitudes.

H1The disc has been tenderly treated. The HD transfer looks amazing. It has the beauty of grain and glow of celluloid on snow. It is stunning. The interviews are exceptional. Masters talk about making something superb. I cant stop saying how much I love this and am returning to it as we speak…


• High Definition remaster
• Original stereo audio
• New interview with director Bill Forsyth (2017, tbc mins)
• New interview with editor Michael Ellis (2017, tbc mins)
• New interview with author Marilynne Robinson (2017, tbc mins)
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• UK DVD premiere
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 5,000 copies



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