An Angel At My Table

An Angel At My Table - 1990

Hibiscus Films - 160 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 715515016124(Criterion); 5021866002309(UK); 4020628890445(DE); 4020628890452(Koch/German); 9344256018404(AU)
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 4020628890445(Koch/German); 9344256018398(AU); 715515233118(US)

Cast: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Chum, K.J. Wilson, Melina Bernecker, Andrew Binns, Gynis Angel, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Martyn Sanderson, David Letch, William Brandt
Screenplay: Laura Jones; Production Design: Grant Major; Editor: Veronika Haussler; Director of Photography: Stuart Dryburgh; Composer: Don McGlashan; Producers: Bridgit Ikin, John Maynard; Director: Jane Campion

A biographical account of the life of Janet Frame (Kerry Fox/Alexia Keogh/Karen Fergusson), a sweet-natured but painfully shy and insecure red-headed woman who battles schizophrenia, but goes on to become an acclaimed novelist. Was the first New Zealand film to screen in competition at the Venice Film Festival. Many international festival awards. Filmed in Auckland, Helensville, Kariotahi and Cook Strait among various NZ locations.

Censor Rating: PG - Review rating: B+

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An R4 pal was available from NZ sources for about $20nz and $25au in Australia but, as of May 2014, would seem to be OOP.
An R2 DVD is available from UK sources for about 10# and elsewhere in Europe for about 16eur. Extras include: three Jane Campion interviews; theatrical trailer; a Janet Frame bio; filmographies and a stills gallery. There are no subtitles. The dvd is 1.33:1 Full Frame, 2.0 dolby digital. Used vhs are selling for about $5us and new vhs are selling for up to $20us.

Criterion is distributing an R1 NTSC dual-layer DVD-9 digital transfer supervised by Stuart Dryburgh and approved by Jane Campion. This is a dolby digital 5.1 soundtrack remastered from the original 24 multitrack masters and it is presented in anamorphic 1.78:1. It also contains extras of: optional audio commentary featuring Jane Campion, Stuart Dryburgh and Kerry Fox; a 10 min. documentary on the "making of"; deleted scenes (3 min.); original theatrical trailer; optional English subtitles; a 23 min. 1982 audio interview with Janet Frame and a 40 page booklet featuring a film essay by critic Amy Taubin, plus excepts from Janet Frame's autobiography. It is selling for about $36us new or $20us used.

Starting 17 April 2014, a PAL R2 DVD and an ALL REGIONS 1080p/25 Blu-ray version has been released that contains most of the extras included on the Criterion DVD, but they do not include the audio commentary track or the 1982 audio interview found on the Criterion DVD. The DVD, selling for about 13eur, has both DD 2.0 spoken German and English soundtracks. The Blu-ray, selling for about 15eur, has a DTS- HD Master 2.0 spoken German soundtrack, plus a DTS - HD Master 5.1 spoken English soundtrack. It is presented in the original 1.78:1 format. Although the DVD has only German subtitles, the Blu-ray has both German and English subtitle options. They also contain an integrated-into-the-case booklet, by Marc Hairapetian, but the text subjects are different from the Criterion booklet and, unfortunately, only in German. Extras also include the 10 minute "Making of" documentary, the trailer and deleted scenes. Click on the Blu-ray EAN number above for purchase sources.

Umbrella Entertainment of Australia released all-regions DVD and Blu-ray versions of it starting 06 February, 2019, selling for about $20au and $30au respectively. The extras are the same ones as indicated on the Criterion release listed above, but no confirmation as to the 40 page booklet being included. Starting 06 August, 2019, a Region A Blu-ray re-issued from Criterion will become available, selling for about $35us.

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1990 - New Zealand Film Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Cinematography; Screenplay; Actress: Kerry Fox; Supporting Actor: Martyn Sanderson.
1990 - Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize and OCIC
1990 - Toronto film Festival - International Critics' Award
1992 - Independent Spirit Awards - Best Foreign Film

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