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Defending Your Life - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Starring: Albert Brooks, James Eckhouse, Rip Torn, Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Lee Grant
Director: Albert Brooks
Plot Synopsis:

Is there love after death? Acerbic everyman Albert Brooks finds a perfect balance between satirical bite and romantic-comedy charm as the writer, director, and star of this wonderfully warm and imaginative existential fantasy. After he dies suddenly, the hapless advertising executive Daniel Miller (Brooks) finds himself in Judgment City, a gleaming way station where the newly deceased must prove they lived a life of sufficient courage to advance in their journey through the universe. As the self-doubting Daniel struggles to make his case, a budding relationship with the uninhibited Julia (Meryl Streep) offers him a chance to finally feel alive. Buoyed by a brilliant supporting cast that includes Rip Torn, Lee Grant, and Buck Henry, Defending Your Life is a rare feat of personal, philosophical filmmaking that happens to also be divinely entertaining.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: March 30th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1991
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:111 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, supervised by director Albert Brooks, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Surround
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:
    • New conversation between Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide
    • New interview on the afterlife with theologian and critic Donna Bowman
    • New program featuring excerpts from 1991 interviews with Brooks and actors Lee Grant and Rip Torn
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker Ari Aster