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Jane Campion’s The Piano to get 25th anniversary release in July

The 2-disc set features an exclusive new extra.

The Piano
Credit: Studiocanal

Jane Campion’s award-winning classic The Piano will receive a new 2-disc DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download release on 16th July 2018 to mark the 25th anniversary of the film.

The 2-disc set features brand new and exclusive extra The Piano at 25, which includes interviews with Jane Campion and the film’s producer, Jan Chapman. It was filmed at Karekare beach in New Zealand: the iconic location made famous by the film.

The Blu-Ray release comes with an essay booklet, alternative artwork poster as well as a copy of the soundtrack.

The Piano star Holly Hunter (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Harvey Keitel (Mean Streets), Sam Neill (Dead Calm) and Anna Paquin (X-Men).

Hunter plays Ada McGrath, the mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives with her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Paquin) in the New Zealand wilderness.

She is to marry frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill), having been sold to him by her father, but takes an immediate dislike to him after he refuses to carry her beloved piano home with them, instead selling it to his overseer George Baines (Harvey Keitel). Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for lessons that gradually become a series of erotically charged sexual encounters. As the story unfolds like a Greek tragedy, complete with a chorus of Maori tribes, all of the characters’ long suppressed emotions come to the fore, as if elicited by the wildness of the natural world around them.

The Piano will screen on extended run at BFI Southbank from 15th June 2018. A special event, looking at the film’s enduring legacy, will take place on 18th June 2018.

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