Like us, you’ve probably been wondering why Andrew Haigh’s award-winning bittersweet gay love story “Weekend,” hasn’t come out for purchase on DVD/Blu-ray yet, given that it came out theatrically last September. Well we now have an answer, and we couldn’t be happier for Haigh, a relative newcomer with only two features under his belt (“Weekend” and “Greek Pete”). The Criterion Collection has handpicked his sophomore film to join their roster. It will be available to buy in an extras-packed edition on August 21.
The film’s journey began at the SXSW Film Festival (just like Lena Dunham’s second feature “Tiny Furniture,” which was also coincidentally released by the label) where it won the Emerging Visions audience award and found a home at Sundance Selects. “Revolving around a brief affair between two young men with vastly different perspectives on life, the film operates on a familiar dynamic; however, it works here thanks to the precise alignment of talented actors and a focused screenplay,” Eric Kohn wrote in his review of the film out of SXSW. “Humming along on the commitment of its engaging leads, “Weekend” builds into a powerful encapsulation of an identity crisis over the course of three passionate days.”
The extras on the disc will include new interview with Haigh, actors Tom Cullen and Chris New, producer Tristan Goligher and DOP Ula Pontikos; a featurette on the film’s explicit sex scenes; two scenes from Cullen’s and New’s auditions; a video essay on the film’s set photographers; two short films by Haigh; plus a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Dennis Lim.
“Weekend” isn’t the only title Criterion’s releasing in August. Also hitting stores that month: two social dramas from the Dardenne brothers (“La Promesse” and “Rosetta”); the Blu-ray edition of Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated “The Royal Tenenbaums”; “Quadrophenia,” the teen rebel drama based on music by The Who; a two-DVD box set of three films by Norman Mailer (“Mainstone,” “Wild 90” and “Beyond the Law”); and Pauk Fejos’ 1928 Coney Island romance “Lonesome.”