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Is there love after death? Acerbic everyman ALBERT BROOKS (Lost in America) finds a perfect balance between satirical bite and romantic comedy charm as the writer, director, and star of this wonderfully warm and imaginative existential fantasy.

After he dies suddenly, the hapless advertising executive Daniel Miller (Brooks) finds himself in Judgment City, a gleaming way station where the newly deceased must prove they lived a life of sufficient courage to advance in their journey through the universe.

As the self-doubting Daniel struggles to make his case, a budding relationship with the uninhibited Julia (The French Lieutenant’s Woman’s MERYL STREEP) offers him a chance to finally feel alive. Buoyed by a brilliant supporting cast that includes RIP TORN, LEE GRANT, and BUCK HENRY, Defending Your Life is a rare feat of personal, philosophical filmmaking that happens to also be divinely entertaining.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Albert Brooks, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New conversation between Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide
  • New interview with theologian and critic Donna Bowman about Brooks’s vision of the afterlife
  • New programme featuring excerpts from interviews conducted in 1991 with Brooks and actors Lee Grant and Rip Torn
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker Ari Aster
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
111 mins approx
Director:
Albert Brooks
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Albert Brooks

Meryl Streep

Rip Torn
Subtitle Languages:

English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
1991
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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Is there love after death? Acerbic everyman ALBERT BROOKS (Lost in America) finds a perfect balance between satirical bite and romantic comedy charm as the writer, director, and star of this wonderfully warm and imaginative existential fantasy.

After he dies suddenly, the hapless advertising executive Daniel Miller (Brooks) finds himself in Judgment City, a gleaming way station where the newly deceased must prove they lived a life of sufficient courage to advance in their journey through the universe.

As the self-doubting Daniel struggles to make his case, a budding relationship with the uninhibited Julia (The French Lieutenant’s Woman’s MERYL STREEP) offers him a chance to finally feel alive. Buoyed by a brilliant supporting cast that includes RIP TORN, LEE GRANT, and BUCK HENRY, Defending Your Life is a rare feat of personal, philosophical filmmaking that happens to also be divinely entertaining.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Albert Brooks, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New conversation between Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide
  • New interview with theologian and critic Donna Bowman about Brooks’s vision of the afterlife
  • New programme featuring excerpts from interviews conducted in 1991 with Brooks and actors Lee Grant and Rip Torn
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker Ari Aster
studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
111 mins approx
Director:
Albert Brooks
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Albert Brooks

Meryl Streep

Rip Torn
Subtitle Languages:

English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
1991
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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Great movie and a nice edition from Criterion ! Highly recommended.

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