Mona Lisa (Criterion Collection) (Blu ray) [USA]

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Director: Neil Jordan
Writers: Neil Jordan, David Leland
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane, Clarke Peters
  • United Kingdom
  • 1986
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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The brilliant breakthrough film by writer-director Neil Jordan journeys into the dark heart of the London underworld to weave a gripping, noir-infused love story. Bob Hoskins received a multitude of honors—including an Oscar nomination—for his touchingly vulnerable, not-so-tough-guy portrayal of George, recently released from prison and hired by a sinister mob boss (Michael Caine) to chauffeur call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson, in a celebrated performance) between high-paying clients. George’s fascination with the elegant, enigmatic Simone leads him on a dangerous quest through the city’s underbelly, where love is a weakness to be exploited and betrayed. Jordan’s colorful dialogue and eye for evocatively surreal details lend a dreamlike sheen to Mona Lisa, an unconventionally romantic tale of damaged people searching for tenderness in an unforgiving world.

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

  • 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Neil Jordan and director of photography Roger Pratt, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary from 1997 featuring Jordan and actor Bob Hoskins
  • New conversation with Jordan and actor Cathy Tyson, moderated by critic Ryan Gilbey
  • Interviews from 2015 with screenwriter David Leland and producer Stephen Woolley
  • Interview with Jordan and Hoskins from the 1986 Cannes Film Festival
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by Gilbey

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