The Power of the Dog

Power of the Dog, The - 2021

See Saw, Bad Girl Creek & Max Films - 127 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 715515279017(US/CA)
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 715515278911(US/CA); 5050629732733(UK)
4K UPC/EAN # 715515278812(US/CA)

Principal Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Genevieve Lemon, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirsten Dunst, Thomasin McKenzie, Peter Carroll, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine. Screenplay: Jane Campion, based upon the Thomas Savage novel; Cinematography: Ari Wegner; Editor: Peter Sciberras; Music: Jonny Greenwood; Make-up Design: Noriko Watanabe; Supervising Art Director: Mark Robins; Costume Design: Kirsty Cameron; Sound Design: Dave Whitehead; Production Design: Grant Major; Producers: Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman; Director: Jane Campion.

The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, revelling their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter - all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and curring, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form - he hovers at the edges of her vision, whiltling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil's cowhand desciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace? Shot in the Maniototo region of Central Otago on the New Zealand South Island, plus an Auckland sound stage. Additional footage was shot at the Dunedin Railway station and Oamaru's Victorian Precinct.

Censor Rating: R16 - Review Rating: B+

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Criterion scheduled a 08 November 2022 DVD release as well as a Region A Blu-ray release with spoken English Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD 7.1, plus optional English subtitles and English descriptive audio. It is presented 2.39:1. Starting 28 November 2022 a Region B Blu-ray will be available from UK sources.
On 08 November Criterion will also release a 2-disc Region Free 4K version with a region A Blu-ray disc is included with the 4K disc.
Extras included with all Criterion releases are: Behind the Scenes with Jane Campion (17:31); Reframing the West (28:14); The Women Behing 'The Power of the Dog' (23:30); Anatomy of a Score (13:25); Annie Proux interview (13:18); Theatrical Trailer (2:09), An 8-page booklet essay by film critic Amy Taubin. There are no optional subtitles for any of the extras.

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