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The Comfort of Strangers

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Genres: Drama, Thriller
Starring: Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson, Helen Mirren, Christopher Walken
Director: Paul Schrader
Plot Synopsis:

Adapting the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan, playwright and screenwriter Harold Pinter lends his trademark unnerving dialogue and air of creeping menace to this spellbinding study of power, control, and the frighteningly thin line between pleasure and pain. Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson are the prey, a beautiful British couple working on their relationship while on holiday in Venice; Christopher Walken and Helen Mirren are the hunters who draw them into the sinister web of their opulent, old-world palazzo. What plays out is an unsettling, sadomasochistic seduction imbued with an atmosphere of sumptuous dread by the elegantly gliding tracking shots of cinematographer Dante Spinotti, lush score by Angelo Badalamenti, and carefully controlled direction of Paul Schrader, who choreographs a mesmerizing pas de quatre of sustained erotic and emotional tension.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: August 18th, 2020
    MPAA Rating: R
    Movie Release Year: 1990
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: The Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:104 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, supervised by cinematographer Dante Spinotti, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English: PCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:
    • New interviews with Spinotti, director Paul Schrader, actor Christopher Walken, and editor Bill Pankow
    • Interviews from 1981 and 2001 with novelist Ian McEwan and actor Natasha Richardson
    • Trailers
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Maitland McDonagh