Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Pedro Almodóvar

 
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Criterion Blu-Ray)

21 Feb 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Spain
  • 1988
  • 89 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Spanish
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  • Spine #855

Melding melodrama with screwball farce, this Academy Award–nominated black comedy was Pedro Almodóvar’s international breakthrough and secured his place at the vanguard of modern Spanish cinema. Continuing the auteur’s exploration of the female psyche, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown tells the story of Pepa—played by the director’s frequent collaborator Carmen Maura—who resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a deliciously chaotic series of events. The filmmaker channeled Hollywood inspiration into his own unique vision, arriving at the irreverent humor and vibrant visual sense that define his work today. With an exceptional ensemble cast that also includes Antonio Banderas and Rossy de Palma, this film shows an artist in total control of his craft.

Credits

DirectorPedro Almodóvar
Written by Pedro Almodóvar
Executive producerAgustín Almodóvar
Director of productionEsther García
Associate producerAntonio Lloréns
Director of photographyJosé Luis Alcaine
EditorJosé Salcedo
MusicBernardo Bonezzi
CostumesJosé María de Cossío
SoundGilles Ortión

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and executive producer Agustín Almodóvar, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, and actor Carmen Maura
  • New discussion by film scholar Richard Peña of the film’s impact in Spain and abroad
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist and critic Elvira Lindo

    New cover by Malika Favre

Film Essays

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: A Sweet New Style

By Elvira Lindo February 23, 2017

Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated breakthrough revels in the complexities of the female psyche. Read more »

Film Essays

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: A Sweet New Style

By Elvira Lindo February 23, 2017

Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated breakthrough revels in the complexities of the female psyche. Read more »


Video

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Laughing and Crying With Carmen Maura

February 21, 2017

A vibrant mix of melodrama and screwball, Pedro Almodóvar’s eighth feature, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, was the Spanish director’s first to garner international acclaim and an . . . Read more »

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Criterion DVD)

21 Feb 2017

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