A Delicate Balance [DVD] [1973]

This American Film Theater production of Edward Albee's emotionally taut drama gets a respectful presentation in its release on DVD. A Delicate Balance has been transferred to disc in its original wide-screen aspect ratio of 1.85:1; the transfer is letterboxed on conventional televisions, and enhanced for widescreen playback on 16x9 monitors. The audio, in English, is mastered in Dolby Digital mono; no multiple language options have been included. Bonus material includes the film's original theatrical trailer; interviews with author Edward Albee and cinematographer David Watkin; an essay on the play by Michael Feingold, and a reproduction of the program handed out with original subscription screenings of the film.
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Special Features

  • An interview with Edward Albee
  • An interview with cinematographer David Watkin
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Edward Albee and A Delicate Balance," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
  • The AFT cinebill for A Delicate Balance
  • Stills gallery
  • The American Film Theatre scrapbook
  • Enhanced for 16x9 TVs


A Delicate Balance
A Delicate Balance is the 1973 film adaptation of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield play an old married couple, Agnes and Tobias, who much prefer to be alone. Each time someone visits them, their "delicate balance" is threatened. The first intruder is Agnes' inebriated sister, Claire (Kate Reid). The next is their much-divorced daughter, Julia (Lee Remick). The limit is reached when well-meaning friends Harry (Joseph Cotten) and Edna (Betsy Blair) show up unexpectedly and threaten to stay forever. In keeping with the austerity of the other American Film Theatre presentations, director Tony Richardson eschews his usual cinematographic pyrotechnics here. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sam Waterston
    Sam Waterston
  • Katharine Hepburn
    Katharine Hepburn - Agnes
  • Paul Scofield
    Paul Scofield - Tobias
  • Lee Remick
    Lee Remick - Julia
  • Kate Reid
    Kate Reid - Claire

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