When I purchased my first DVD player in the spring of 1997, I tried to explain how cool it was to everyone I knew. Oddly the first question anyone ever asked me was whether the 1985 filmed adaptation of Death of a Salesman was on the fledgling format and I had to say no. Half a decade later, I can finally say yes thanks to the efforts of Image Home Entertainment.
Willy Loman has spent his entire life believing he and his family are bound for greatness. Struggling day to day as a traveling salesman, Willy begins to lose touch with reality and drifts away into the past. Meanwhile his family, including wife Linda and sons Biff and Happy, attempts to cope with Willy’s self-destruction and the still-lingering ghosts of the past.
Surprisingly this film is not as featureless as many stage adaptations can be on DVD. Presented in its original fullscreen with stereo sound. The DVD will feature “Private Conversations”, an 82 minute documentary by Christian Blackwood which covers the extensive process of bringing a classic stage work to the screen, with a close-up look at the collaboration of Arthur Miller, Dustin Hoffman, and director Volker Schlondorff. A still gallery will also be included.
Arriving on January 28th, the disc will carry a suggested retail price of $24.99.