Meg Ryan Thriller ‘In the Cut’ Due on Blu-ray May 16 in 20th Anniversary Uncut Director’s Edition

The 2003 mystery thriller In the Cut will be released on Blu-ray Disc in a 20th anniversary uncut director’s edition May 16 by Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on the national best-selling novel by Susanna Moore, the film follows Frannie Avery (Meg Ryan), a reserved English professor, who becomes obsessed after seeing more than she should of an impassioned couple in the underbelly of lower Manhattan. After the young woman turns up dead, Frannie is questioned by a homicide detective (Mark Ruffalo) who draws her into a liberating but disturbing erotic encounter. As the body count rises, familiar suspects begin to emerge. 

In the Cut is directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog, The Piano), who has garnered 169 award wins and 103 nominations including a Primetime Emmy for “Top of the Lake,” plus taking home 2022 BAFTA, Directors Guild of America (DGA), Film Independent Spirit, Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards and more for The Power of the Dog

In addition to Ryan (Top Gun, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally) and Ruffalo (“The Avengers” franchise, Shutter Island, Netflix’s The Adam Project), the film stars Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Netflix series “Atypical,” Apple TV+ series “Lisey’s Story,” Single White Female, The Hateful 8) and Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Showtime series “City on the Hill,” X-Men: First Class). 

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The film is produced by Nicole Kidman, whose production credits include Hulu’s “Nine Perfect Strangers,” HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and AppleTV+ series “Roar,” and Laurie Parker, known for My Own Private Idaho and Drugstore Cowboy

Oscar Winner ‘Power of the Dog’ Due on Disc Nov. 8 From Criterion

The Academy Award-winning film The Power of the Dog is set to arrive on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Nov. 8 from the Criterion Collection.

The Western psychological drama adapted from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name takes place in the desolate plains of 1920s Montana. After a sensitive widow (Kirsten Dunst) and her enigmatic, fiercely loving son (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) move in with her gentle new husband (Jesse Plemons), a tense battle of wills plays out between them and his brutish brother (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose frightening volatility conceals a secret torment, and whose capacity for tenderness, once reawakened, may offer him redemption or destruction.

Following a limited international theatrical run, the film was released on Netflix in December 2021 and went on to earn 12 Oscar nominations, winning Best Director for veteran filmmaker Jane Campion.

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The disc release includes a 4K digital master of the film approved by Campion. The Blu-ray and 4K versions offer a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

Extras include an interview with Campion about the making of the film; a program featuring interviews with members of the cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage captured on location in New Zealand; an interview with Campion and composer Jonny Greenwood about the film’s score; a conversation among Campion, Dunst, director of photography Ari Wegner and producer Tanya Seghatchian, moderated by filmmaker Tamara Jenkins; a new interview with novelist Annie Proulx; the film’s trailer; and a printed essay by film critic Amy Taubin.

The Ultra HD version includes one 4K disc with the film in Dolby Vision HDR, and a Blu-ray with the film and the bonus materials.

Netflix Options Trio of Young Adult Bestsellers, Picks Up Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’

Netflix May 30 announced it has optioned three of best-selling author Sarah Dessen’s young adult novels and has acquired Academy Award winning director Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Moss.

The Dessen titles are Along for the Ride, This Lullaby and Once and for All. The author is one of the country’s most popular in the young adult, realistic fiction genre, according the Netflix.

The first novel to be adapted into a feature film will be Along for the Ride, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best YA Fiction. It follows a girl who meets an intriguing loner and fellow insomniac while staying with her father for the summer.

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Also, Netflix has acquired worldwide rights (excluding the United Kingdom free TV rights which are retained by BBC) to The Power of the Dog, adapted from the 1967 Thomas Savage novel by Campion, from See-Saw Films’ in-house sales arm Cross City Films. Netflix will release it in 2021 on its SVOD service and in theaters. Netflix will be the worldwide distributor of the film, with Transmission Films releasing theatrically in Australia and New Zealand. The company will work with its other local partners worldwide on the theatrical release.

The story follows wealthy Montana brothers Phil (Cumberbatch) and George Burbank, who are two sides of one coin. Phil is graceful, brilliant and cruel where George is stolid, fastidious and gentle. Together they are joint owners of the biggest ranch in the Montana valley. It is a place where men are still men, the rapidly modernizing 20th century is kept at bay and where the figure of Bronco Henry, the greatest cowboy Phil ever knew, is revered. When George secretly marries local widow Rose (Moss), a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn.