The Criterion Collection has announced the release of the Blu-ray version of Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love (to be released on October 2).
The film will also be available on DVD.
Release Date: 2 October 2012
Synopsis: Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses sparks an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and its exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, as well as a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.
-High-definition digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
-@ “In the Mood for Love,” director Wong Kar-wai’s documentary on the making of the film
-Deleted scenes with director’s commentary
– Hua yang de nian hua (2000), a short film by Wong
-Archival interview with Wong and a “cinema lesson” given by the director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
-Toronto International Film Festival press conference from 2000, with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai
-Trailers and TV spots
-The music of In the Mood for Love, presented in an interactive essay, on the DVD edition
-Essay by film scholar Gina Marchetti illuminating the film’s unique setting on the DVD edition
-Photo gallery on the DVD edition
-Biographies of key cast and crew on the DVD edition
-Two new interviews with critic Tony Rayns, one about the film and the other about the soundtrack, on the Blu-ray edition
-A booklet featuring the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film, an essay by film critic Li Cheuk-to, and a director’s statement (DVD edition); a booklet featuring an essay by novelist and film critic Steve Erickson and the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film (Blu-ray edition)