Tales of Two Cities from Merchant Ivory
On 24th November, 'Quartet' and 'Jane Austen in Manhattan', the next two titles from the critically acclaimed masterpiece series, The Merchant Ivory Collection, are released on DVD for the very first time. Both films have been digitally remastered and restored and come with a host of extra features.
Featuring an all-star international cast including Maggie Smith, Alan Bates, Anthony Higgins and Isabelle Adjani, who won the best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance, the film is based on an autobiographical novella by the celebrated author Jean Rhys. Set in the decadent, bohemian world of Twenties Paris, it captures perfectly the superficial gloss and seedy underbelly of the city. Following the fictional story of Marya Zelli as she is taken under the patronage of a wealthy couple, the Heidlers, who use her for their own twisted purposes, the film closely mirrors Jean Rhys' real-life experiences.
Quartet is presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 with the original Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack and carries an 18 certificate. Extras include an insight into the production, a special promotional film about Merchant Ivory, scene selections, biographies and trailers. It is released on 24 November 2003 with a RRP of £19.99.
Jane Austen in Manhattan
This delightfully absurdist romantic drama stars Oscar winner Anne Baxter, Robert Powell and Sean Young as past meets present when two rival theatre companies both decide to stage a 'lost' play by one of Britain's most popular authors. Based on an actual incident when a manuscript for a play by a young Jane Austen was sold at auction by Sotheby's, the film mixes the charm of Austen's original work together with the backbiting and sexual exploits of the theatrical world in modern-day New York as events from the play begin to reflect real life.
Jane Austen in Manhattan is presented in fullscreen 1.33:1 with the original Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack and carries a PG certificate. Extra features include a Merchant Ivory short film 'Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls', a South Bank special introduced by Melvyn Bragg, cast interviews, trailers and biographies. It is also released on 24 November 2003 with a RRP of £19.99.