Costa-Gavras’ “Missing” Arrives On Limited Edition Blu-ray

The provocative Missing from writer-director Costa-Gavras arrives on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time courtesy of Powerhouse Films’ Indicator series. The feature-loaded release includes a high definition remaster of the film and the 1984 85-minute interview with Costa-Gavras recorded at London’s National Film Theatre.

Missing - Costa-Gavras

Debuting on Blu-ray in the UK, Costa-Gavras’ provocative Missing arrives on limited edition release courtesy of Powerhouse Films’ Indicator series. The presentation sees a high definition remaster of the film alongside original mono audio and some wonderful extra features including Costa-Gavras’ 85-minute interview recorded at London’s National Film Theatre in 1984 with Derek Malcolm.

The film, a tense real-life political drama about the 1973 kidnap and murder of young American journalist Charles Horman (played by John Shea) in Chile, would go on to win an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay, and receive nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture. Indeed, Jack Lemmon’s subtle transformation from inconvenienced hard-nosed businessman to heartbroken father is one of his career-best performances alongside a typically strong Sissy Spacek as Horman’s devoted wife.

Following the efforts of the journalist’s wife (Sissy Spacek) and father (Jack Lemmon) to uncover the facts about his disappearance, Missing powerful indictment of US foreign policy caused controversy upon its release, prompting the US government to condemn the film. The Blu-ray presentation from Powerhouse Films boasts two stand-out features featuring separately writer-director Costa Gavras and Jack Lemmon. The filmmaker joins Derek Malcolm for a discussion of the film at London’s National Film Theatre (recorded in 1984) while Lemmon discusses the film in wide-ranging interview recorded at the same venue in 1986 with Jonathan Miller.

Missing - Costa-Gavras, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

Other archival material includes a short interview recorded with Costa-Gavras at Cannes in 1982 and another interview with Missing’s writer-director with journalist Christine Ockrent. The presentation also includes brand new material including a 24-minute film by filmmaker and actor Keith Gordon called Politically Personal, new and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and a limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Michael Pattison, an interview with Costa-Gavras, an interview with journalist Thomas Hauser, and an overview of responses to the film.

Two 2006 documentaries complement the Blu-ray release (Many Americas in which Costa-Gavras reflects upon the production and reception of the film and the very interesting Freedom of Information featuring Charlie Horman’s wife Joyce Horman discussing the real-life events behind Missing and the experience of being portrayed on screen by Sissy Spacek).

Missing’s Indicator Series Blu-ray from Powerhouse Films was released in the UK on August 20.

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  1. Callum Reply

    Brilliant presentation!

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