The 1979 film Quadrophenia, based of course on The Who’s classic rock opera, gets a director-approved Blu-ray release in the US on 28 August from movie connoisseurs The Criterion Collection.
The coming-of-age film set in the early 1960s featured early performances from Phil ‘Parklife’ Daniels, Ray Winstone and Sting. Franc Roddam directed.
The Blu-ray features a new high-definition digital restoration of the uncut version of the film, an all-new 5.1 surround mix, supervised by The Who (presented in DTS-HD Master Audio), and the original 2.0 stereo track (for the purists).
Other features of the Blu-ray are:
- • New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam, and director of photography Brian Tufano
- • New interview with Bill Curbishley, the film’s co-producer and The Who’s co-manager
- • New interview with The Who’s sound engineer, Bob Pridden, discussing the new mix, featuring a restoration demonstration
- • On-set and archival footage
- • Behind-the-scenes photographs
- • Trailers
- • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick James, a reprinted personal history by original mod Irish Jack, and Pete Townshend’s liner notes from the album
This new Blu-ray reissue (a DVD version will also be available) can be pre-ordered from The Criterion Collection website. Please note that discs may be region-limited to the US.