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Howards End

James Ivory

Howards End (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • United Kingdom
  • 1992
  • 142 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #488

The pinnacle of the decades-long collaboration between producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, Howards End is a luminous vision of E. M. Forster’s cutting 1910 novel about class divisions in Edwardian England. Emma Thompson won an Academy Award for her dynamic portrayal of Margaret Schlegel, a flighty yet compassionate middle-class intellectual whose friendship with the dying wife (Vanessa Redgrave) of rich capitalist Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) commences an intricately woven tale of money, love, and death that encompasses the country’s highest and lowest social echelons. With a brilliant, layered script by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (who also won an Oscar) and a roster of gripping performances, Howards End is a work of both great beauty and vivid darkness, and one of cinema’s best literary adaptations.


Margaret SchlegelEmma Thompson
Henry WilcoxAnthony Hopkins
Ruth WilcoxVanessa Redgrave
Helen SchlegelHelena Bonham Carter
Leonard BastSamuel West
Charles WilcoxJames Wilby
Aunt JuleyPrunella Scales
Evie WilcoxJemma Redgrave
Paul WilcoxJoseph Bennett
Tibby SchlegelAdrian Ross Magenty
Dolly WilcoxSusie Lindeman
Jacky BastNicola Duffett
Miss AveryBarbara Hicks


DirectorJames Ivory
ScreenplayRuth Prawer Jhabvala
ProducerIsmail Merchant
Based on the novel byE.M. Forster
Associate producerDonald Rosenfeld
MusicRichard Robbins
CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts
EditingAndrew Marcus
CostumesJenny Beavan and John Bright
Production designLuciana Arrighi
Art DirectionJohn Ralph

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Tony Pierce-Roberts and approved by director James Ivory, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video appreciation of the late Ismail Merchant by director Ivory
  • Building “Howards End,” a documentary featuring interviews with Ivory, Merchant, Helena Bonham Carter, costume designer Jenny Beavan, and Academy Award–winning production designer Luciana Arrighi
  • The Design of “Howards End,” a detailed look at the costume and production designs for the film, including original sketches
  • The Wandering Company, a 50-minute documentary about the history of Merchant Ivory Productions
  • Original 1992 behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Kenneth Turan

    New cover by Andre Junget

Film Essays

Howards End: All Is Grace

By Kenneth TuranOctober 28, 2009

Who speaks of Howards End these days? Who expounds on the virtues of this magnificent drama, . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014

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A Criterion Feast

November 21, 2012

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Scott Returns to Howards End

October 05, 2010

For his contribution to the New York Times’s video column Critics’ Picks this week, A. O. . . . Read more »


Hopkins in Color

February 16, 2010

It may be news to many, but in addition to creating such larger-than-life characters as The . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Howards End

November 20, 2009

The Academy Award–winning Howards End, starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins, is back in . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Howards End: All Is Grace

By Kenneth TuranOctober 28, 2009

Who speaks of Howards End these days? Who expounds on the virtues of this magnificent drama, . . . Read more »