“A thrilling cinematic experience.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“An exalted experience…watching it is something like encountering motion pictures for the first time.” – J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books
“A masterpiece.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 16, 2015 – Kino Lorber proudly announces the release of Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language. The Best Picture of 2014 according to the National Society of Film Critics, and a winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, Goodbye to Language is the latest masterwork from the acclaimed French New Wave filmmaker, and will become available in a two-disc Blu-ray set featuring both the 3D and 2D versions, and a single-disc DVD edition featuring the 2D version.Godard pushes the boundaries of what has previously been accomplished with the 3D format, taking his filmmaking into exciting new territory and demonstrating his limitless imagination for the medium’s possibilities.
The Blu-ray and DVD both street on April 14, 2015, with an SRP of $39.95 for the Blu-ray, and $29.95 for the DVD. The two-disc Blu-ray set includes the 3D feature on Disc 1, and the 2D version on Disc 2. The 2D version merges the Left Eye and Right Eye image tracks from the 3D version into one 2D image track.The DVD edition contains the 2D version of the film (which was shot in 3D). It merges the Left Eye and Right Eye image tracks from the 3D version into one 2D image track.Both include a booklet essay on the film by film scholar David Bordwell, the theatrical trailer, and the Canon Europe Interview with Jean-Luc Godard.
Kino Lorber released the film theatrically in 2014, opening at New York’s IFC Center to tremendous critical acclaim, before moving on to screen in over 50 national markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, Chicago, Seattle and Boston, and playing to sold out houses and repeat bookings by popular demand. Kino Lorber also released Godard’s previous feature, Film Socialisme, in 2011.
Goodbye to Language continues the master filmmaker’s long tradition of cinematic innovation that goes all the way back to his explosive debut feature, Breathless, his work in the French New Wave style with such classics as Contempt and A Woman is a Woman, his challenging and provocative political films, and his pioneering use of video. Constantly expanding and experimenting with the limits of film form, Godard uses 3D to create stunning new visual effects, including separate images visible in each eye, which Scott Foundas in Variety said result “in a series of strange superimpositions that almost seem to enter a fourth, unclassified dimension.”
Using 3D technology to mind-bending effect, the film follows a couple whose relationship breaks down along with the images, which in its second half takes a dog’s-eye view of the world.It is a meditation on history and illusion that creates 3D effects more spectacular than any Hollywood blockbuster, figures merging and weaving across the screen along with the film’s ideas about romantic love and being-in-the-world. It has the feeling of a final statement, but knowing Godard’s penchant for re-invention, hopefully it is yet another beginning to an extraordinary career.