Criterion Releasing Netflix’s ‘Roma’ on Blu-ray and DVD

The Criterion Collection will release director Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning 2018 drama Roma on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 11.

Cuarón re-created the early-1970s Mexico City of his childhood, portraying the life of a middle-class family through the experiences of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), their maid. Charged with the care of four small children abandoned by their father, Cleo tends to the family even as her own life is shaken by personal and political upheavals.

It was released briefly in theaters in the United States by Netflix before being available on the streaming service.

Roma earned 10 Oscar nominations, and won for Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director. It was the first time a foreign-language film won for direction, and the first time a director won for cinematography for his own film.

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The disc release will include a 4K digital master supervised by Cuarón, with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray, plus alternate French subtitles and Spanish SDH.

Extras include:

  • “Road to Roma,” a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Cuarón;
  • “Snapshots from the Set,” a new documentary featuring actors Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, producers Gabriela Rodríguez and Nicolás Celis, production designer Eugenio Caballero, casting director Luis Rosales, executive producer David Linde, and others;
  • New documentaries about the film’s sound and postproduction processes, featuring Cuarón; Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay, and Craig Henighan from the postproduction sound team; editor Adam Gough; postproduction supervisor Carlos Morales; and finishing artist Steven J. Scott
  • A new documentary about the film’s theatrical campaign and social impact in Mexico, featuring Celis and Rodríguez;
  • “Nothing at Stake,” a new video essay by filmmaker Kogonada;
  • Trailers;
  • Essays by novelist Valeria Luiselli and historian Enrique Krauze.

 

The Blu-ray will exclusively feature an essay by author Aurelio Asiain and production-design images with notes by Caballero.

Other February 2020 Criterion Blu-ray releases include Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Antonio Gaudí (Feb. 18), a 1984 tribute to the visionary Catalan architect; Pier Paolo Pasolini’s provocative 1968 film Teorema (Feb. 18), starring Terence Stamp; 1990’s Paris Is Burning (Feb. 25), a look at Harlem’s vibrant drag-ball culture in the 1980s, featuring more than an hour of never-before-seen outtakes; and Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman (Feb. 25) collecting the renowned special-effects fabulist’s film’s Journey to the Beginning of Time, Invention for Destruction and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.

Lionsgate Spanish-Language SVOD Service Bowing First Original Program

Lionsgate Feb. 21 announced that its Spanish-language streaming video service Pantaya is set to launch its first-ever original scripted series, “El Juego de las Llaves” (“The Game of Keys”) this fall.

Production with Hemisphere Media Group is already underway in Mexico City on the 10-episode comedy, which will debut in the U.S. on Pantaya and internationally in more than 200 countries on Amazon Prime Video.

“El Juego de las Llaves” is a comedy about long-term monogamy, self-realization and desire. The series follows four long-lasting couples who are friends that decide to swing. In the comedic aftermath, each character must face the impact of the decision they have made on their relationship and personal outlook on sexuality.

The cast includes Maite Perroni (“Cuidado Con El Angel,” “Rebelde”), Humberto Busto (“El Chapo, Oso Polar), Marimar Vega (La Boda de ValentinaAmor de mis Amores), Sebastián Zurita (Ciudadano Buelna, Cómo cortar a tu Patán), Horacio Pancheri (Un Camino Hacia el Destino), Fabiola Campomanes (“Teresa,” “Mi Corazon Es Tuyo”), Hugo Catalan (“Falsa Identidad”), and Ela Velden (“Caer en Tentación,” “Despertar Contigo”).

“When we approached Corazón Films, which has been a distribution partner on Lionsgate films in Mexico, we knew we wanted to do something premium, original and enticing that viewers wouldn’t get anywhere else,” Paul Presburger, CEO of Pantaya, said in a statement.

 “We anticipate ‘El Juego de las Llaves’ to be appointment-viewing for our core audience in the U.S., and is unlike anything seen in the space before,” said Mario Almeida, VP of development, programming, and acquisitions at Pantaya.