Blue Underground is planning to reissue the erotic classic Quiet Days in Clichy in a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray combo pack as well as a DVD special edition on Oct. 25.
The discs will be distributed by MVD Entertainment Group.
The film, released in 1970, is an adaptation of Henry Miller’s semi-autobiographical novella by controversial Danish artist Jens Jørgen Thorsen.
The film captures the youthful spirit and liberated sexuality Miller experienced in his Bohemian days as an expat in Paris, portraying an American writer, Joey, and his French pal Carl sharing an apartment in the Parisian district of Clichy. While both men are broke and starving, it is no deterrent to their pursuit of desire for sexual adventures.
Filmed in the French new-wave style of Godard and amplified by an original soundtrack by Woodstock favorite “Country Joe” McDonald, Quiet Days in Clichy was already a hit in Europe when it made its way to the United States, where it was quickly seized by authorities,who claimed it to be nothing more than obscene, pornographic filth. After protracted litigation against the government by its U.S. distributor, the film was eventually cleared, but mysteriously became lost.
Blue Underground has resurrected the film in a brand-new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from its recently discovered uncut and uncensored original 35mm fine-grain negative.