When USA Home Video closed shop, concerns were raised over the future of the Oscar nominated period comedy Gosford Park. Universal Studios Home Entertainment has picked up the ball as promised however, and has prepared a special edition DVD due this summer.
It is November, 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello and an American film producer who makes Charlie Chan movies. As the guests assemble in the gilded drawing rooms above, their personal maids and valets swell the ranks of the house in the teeming kitchens and corridors below-stairs. But all is not as it seems: neither amongst the bejeweled guests lunching and dining at their considerable leisure, nor in the attic bedrooms and stark work stations where the servants labor for the comfort of their employers. Part comedy of manners and part mystery, the film is finally a moving portrait of events that bridge generations, class, sex and tragic personal history and culminates in a murder. (Or is it two murders?)
The DVD will come with all the normal accoutrements including a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track and an anamorphic widescreen transfer. Two audio commentaries will run with the film; the first with creators Robert Altman, Steven Altman and David Levy, the second with screenwriter Julian Fellowes. The disc will also feature a making of “Gosford Park” featurette, deleted footage and a cast & filmmakers’ Q&A session.
Arriving mid-summer on June 25th, the film will carry a suggested retail price of $26.98.