Momentum Pictures and Entertainment One have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet (2012), starring Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, and Billy Connolly. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the United Kingdom on May 6th.
Dustin Hoffman directs this comedy drama adapted by writer Ronald Harwood from his own stage play of the same name. Beecham House is a retirement home with a difference: it specifically caters for former artistes including one-time opera singers Cissy (Collins), Reginald (Courtenay) and Wilf (Connolly). Once part of a quartet, the three still take part in an annual concert to celebrate the birthday of composer Giuseppe Verdi. But this year things are complicated by the arrival of the fourth member of their quartet, Jean (Smith), a die-hard diva who also happens to be Reginald's ex-wife. Theatrical temperaments and old hostilities flare as the dramatic foursome fuss, flirt and flounce their way through rehearsals, adhering emphatically to that old showbiz adage, 'the show must go on'.