Oscilloscope Pictures will release on Blu-ray director Andrea Arnold's (Fish Tank, Red Road) Wuthering Heights (2011), starring Kaya Scodelario and Oliver Milburn. The film won Golden Osella Award for Best Cinematography (Robbie Ryan) at the Venice Film Festival. Street date is April 23rd.
Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights is an excitingly fresh and distinct take on the classic novel by Emily Brontė.
An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw. Living in Earnshaw's home, Heathcliff develops a passionate relationship with the farmer's teenage daughter, Catherine, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his son, Hindley. When Earnshaw passes away, the now-grown characters must finally confront the intense feelings and rivalries that have built up throughout their years together.
Arnold's film is a beautiful and evocative visual masterpiece that brings out the powerful emotions at the heart of Brontė's classic novel, resulting in a viscerally affecting love story. It is a sweepingly old-fashioned tale of family, class, and romance told in a bracingly modern way by one of contemporary cinema's most gifted and unique filmmakers.
Note: Blu-ray.com has already reviewed the UK Blu-ray release of Wuthering Heights, courtesy of Artificial Eye, here. The following films directed by Andrea Arnold are also available on Blu-ray: Fish Tank and Red Road.
Despite thoroughly enjoying Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, I missed her follow-up, Wuthering Heights, in theaters. I'll blind preorder the blu-ray. Given Oscilloscope's record, it will look and sound terrific.
One of the best films of last year (or 2011 if you're in the UK). The Artificial Eye release is gorgeous (although it's lacking extras), so if this one delivers on that end it might be worth double dipping.