THE BELLY OF AN ARCHITECT (DVD & Blu-ray)
A film by Peter Greenaway
World Premiere Blu-ray edition, and first time on DVD or Blu-ray in the UK for one of Peter Greenaway's most acclaimed films.
Brian Dennehy stars as the distinguished American architect Stourley Kracklite, in Rome with his young wife, Louisa (Chloe Webb), to supervise an exhibition devoted to his hero, the eighteenth-century architect Étienne-Louis Boullée.
Stourley honours the past at the expense of his present, driving the neglected Louisa into the arms of his rival, Caspasian (Lambert Wilson). Wracked with abdominal pains, jealousy and paranoia, he slowly loses his grip on all that is important to him.
One of the most visually striking films of the 1980s, with a celebrated score by Glenn Branca and Wim Mertens, The Belly of an Architect shows one of British cinema's true visionaries at the height of his powers.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Insight: Terence Conran (Peter Greenaway, 1981, 15 mins): portrait of the designer and entrepreneur with an uncredited score by Micheal Nyman
- Fully illustrated booklet with newly essay, interview, biographies and credits by Michael Brooke, Donald Ranvaud and Marcia Landy
- DVD-ROM content featuring original script, press pack and sheet music
UK, Italy /1987 /colour /English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles /119 minutes /original aspect ratio 1.85:1
Disc 1: BD50 /1080p /24fps /PCM audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 /PAL /Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The American architect Stourley Kracklite has been commissioned to construct an exhibition in Rome dedicated to the architecture of Etienne-Louis Boullée. Doubts arise among his Italian colleagues to the legitimacy of Boullée among the pantheon of famed architects, perhaps because Boullée was an inspiration for Adolf Hitler's architect Albert Speer. Tirelessly dedicated to the project, Kracklite's marriage quickly dissolves along with his health. His physical and social ruin in some way corresponds to the decline of his idol Boullée, who remained relatively forgotten until the twentieth century. Kracklite becomes obsessed with the historical Caesar Augustus after hearing that Livia, the wife of Augustus, supposedly poisoned him. Kracklite assumes that his own wife Louisa has tried to do the same due to his increasing stomach pains. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Belly of an Architect ( Il ventre dell' architetto ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)