British distributors Artificial Eye have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (1997), starring Ian Holm, Caerthan Banks, and Sarah Polley. The release will be available for purchase on September 9th.
In a complex narrative mosaic, Egoyan spins a breathtaking web of interconnected stories about the lives of the inhabitants of a small town in British Columbia following a tragic road accident. Atom Egoyan's most successful film to date, The Sweet Hereafter garnered a staggering 42 international festival awards including the 1997 Cannes Grand Jury Prize - and was graced with two OSCAR nominations (Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay).
Open House (27 min early Egoyan short film)
Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 tracks
Already have this on blu from Canada....although not with that early short film. Tempted since I've purchased/pre-ordered all of the other Egoyan films save for this one and "Exotica". Aside from the short, however, the Canadian release has a huge number of extras (if you're into that sort of thing). If your region-B limited...get this one. All region-A people should stick with the Canadian release.
As with all Atom Egoyan films, "The Sweet Hereafter" is a cathartic experience for the deeply depressed. If you are contemplating suicide then an Egoyan film will send you out the theater, or from your living room and into the bathroom, with a song in your heart and a renewed sense of life's possibilities. If you are already happy, it will leave you contemplating suicide, or at least a bottle of vodka.