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Real Life - The Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

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Genres: Comedy
Starring: Charles Grodin and Frances Lee McCain
Director: Albert Brooks
Plot Sypnosis:

Decades before reality television reigned supreme, there was Albert Brooks’s debut feature, Real Life, a brilliantly deadpan, stylistically innovative satire about the perils and pitfalls of trying to capture the truth on film. The writer-director plays “Albert Brooks,” a narcissistic Hollywood filmmaker who plans to spend the year in Phoenix embedded with Warren and Jeanette Yeager (Charles Grodin and Frances Lee McCain) and their two children, deploying an arsenal of cutting-edge equipment (including the over-the-head Ettinaur 226XL camera) to capture an American family’s ordinary day-to-day. Chronicling the project’s disastrous fallout, as the meddlesome Albert can’t help getting too close to his subjects, this pioneering mockumentary is more relevant than ever amid today’s media landscape.  


  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Albert Brooks, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • New interview with Brooks
  • New interview with actor Frances Lee McCain
  • 3D trailer directed by Brooks
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah

    New cover based on an original theatrical poster
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1979
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 99
Specs: DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION - New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Albert Brooks
Video Resolution/Codec: 2160p/HEVC / H.265 HDR
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
Audio Formats: English uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Subtitles/Captions: English SDH