The Homecoming [DVD] [1973]

Part of the American Film Theatre series, Homecoming comes to DVD from Kino International. Originally written by Harold Pinter, this play has been adapted to film by director Peter Hall in 1973. Presented with a widescreen transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. Special features start off with "Harold Pinter and Homecoming," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theater Critic at the Village Voice. Also includes the theatrical trailer, stills gallery, and interviews with both cinematographer David Watkin and Edie Landau, executive of the American Film Theatre. Most of the other special features are vintage AFT promotional materials, like a cinebill, trailer gallery, scrapbook, filmography, and a promotional reel from 1974 entitled "Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera. "
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Special Features

  • An interview with cinematographer David Watkin
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Harold Pinter and The Homecoming," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
  • The AFT cinebill for The Homecoming
  • Stills gallery
  • An interview with Edie Landau, Executive in Charge, the American Film Theatre
  • Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT promotional reel, 1974
  • The American Film Theatre trailer gallery - includes a complete list of the AFT films
  • The American Film Theatre scrapbook
  • Enhanced for 16x9 TVs


The Homecoming
In The Homecoming, adapted from the play by Harold Pinter, Michael Jayston brings his wife Vivien Merchant home to visit his long-estranged family. Jayston's father Paul Rogers is a washout, his uncle Cyril Cusack is on the edge of senility, and his brothers Ian Holm and Terence Rigby are, respectively, a slimy pimp and a brutish boxer. The sparser the dialogue, the thicker the tension in the air. Though British in origin, The Homecoming was presented as part of the American Film Theatre series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Cyril Cusack
    Cyril Cusack - Sam
  • Ian Holm
    Ian Holm - Lenny
  • Michael Jayston
    Michael Jayston - Teddy
  • Vivien Merchant
    Vivien Merchant - Ruth
  • Terence Rigby
    Terence Rigby - Joey

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