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1993 film The Piano on 4K and Blu-ray in January

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The 1993 film “The Piano” is officially coming to both 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on January 25th, 2022 via The Criterion Collection. The film, winner of 3 Academy Awards (“Oscars”), was written & directed by Jane Campion, and it starred Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin.

This movie has received a new 4K restoration, as described below.

“New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Stuart Dryburgh and approved by director Jane Campion”

The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of high dynamic range and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless surround sound. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect with the same DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. The 4K UHD Blu-ray release will come in the form of a “combo pack” meaning that it will include the Blu-ray Disc counterpart.

You can now find both the 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon, as well as directly via Criterion’s website. The details about the releases and bonus materials set to be included are listed below.

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Stuart Dryburgh and approved by director Jane Campion, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • New conversation between Campion and film critic Amy Taubin
  • New interviews with Dryburgh and production designer Andrew McAlpine
  • Interview with actor Holly Hunter on working with Campion
  • “The Piano” at 25, a program featuring a conversation between Campion and producer Jan Chapman
  • Excerpts from an interview with costume designer Janet Patterson
  • Water Diary, a 2006 short film by Campion
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Carmen Gray
  • New cover by Greg Ruth