- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: February 12, 2008
- Originally Released: 1982
- Label: Zeitgeist Films
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (unspecified) - English
- Subtitles - English - Closed Captioned
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "Restoration Demonstration"
- Deleted Scenes (4)
- Behind the Scenes: Making Of
- Interviews: Michael Nyman - Composer
- Audio Commentary: Peter Greenaway - Director
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 09/01/1982
"...The way [Greenaway] explores the relation between fact and fiction, 'truth' and 'beauty' is ingeniously carried out..."
New York Times - 06/22/1983
"...An extraordinarily detailed picture....Greenaway is an original."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2004
"[I]t's one of his most accessible and enjoyable films."
Mrs. Herbert and her husband are having some marital difficulties, so he decides to take a two week holiday by himself. To surprise him on his return, Mrs. Herbert commissions an artist to paint twelve portraits of her estate. The artist agrees, but on the condition that Mrs. Herbert lend him the use of her bodily favors for those two weeks. When Mr.. Herbert is found dead in his own mote at the end of those two weeks, the artist is the prime suspect, and Mrs. Herbert believes the mystery can be solved by close examination of the paintings the artist did. Greenaway's film feels a bit like BLOW-UP, but examines a world far stranger than the one of its setting; it feels as though the film takes place in a parallel universe rather than the 17th century.
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