Stage and screen mega-star Bette Midler headlines popular big screen musical THE ROSE and it arrives on Blu-ray for the very first time via a brand new edition from the Criterion Collection, set to be released this May.
The official description of THE ROSE is as follows: “Bette Midler exploded onto the screen with her take-no-prisoners performance in this quintessential film about fame and addiction from director Mark Rydell. Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road. Incisively scripted by Bo Goldman and beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond (with assistance on the dazzling concert scenes by a host of other world-class cinematographers, including Conrad L. Hall, LÃ¡szlÃ³ KovÃ¡cs, Owen Roizman, and Haskell Wexler), this is a sensitively drawn and emotionally overwhelming melodrama that made the popular singer into a movie star as well.”
Special features of the director-approved Blu-ray include:
- New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD master audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring director Mark Rydell
- New interviews with Rydell, Zsigmond, and Bette Midler
- Archival interviews with Midler and Rydell, with on-set footage
- PLUS: An essay by music critic Paula Mejia
Pre-order THE ROSE Blu-ray at the official site here.