It might be a day late, but Criterion’s December titles have been announced and Todd Haynes’s Safe (1995) is on the slate. This is a great announcement, as the Criterion Collection version seems to preserve the audio commentary of the previous DVD edition, as well as include new interviews and Haynes’s 1978 short film The Suicide. Check out our post from last October for [Safe], which includes some great links to interviews with Haynes, discussions of the film, and a wonderful short video piece by Amber Jacobs and Catherine Grant.
I love writing Criterion Made Mine! posts. Here’s hoping we get to do it more often!
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents [Safe].
Julianne Moore is riveting in her first leading role as Carol White, a suburban housewife who begins exhibiting the symptoms of environmental illness. Timid and uncertain, White finds her body rejecting the socially and chemically induced artificiality of her San Fernando Valley life. When traditional medicine is unable to provide support and treatment to Carol’s diminishing health, she seeks assistance at Wrenwood, a new age facility devoted to treating immunity system deficiencies with its own set of rules and definitions. Todd Haynes’ [Safe] presents with Kubrickian detachment a dark and fearsome critique of consumer society and contemporary gender roles, as well as allegorical insight on gay existence in straight culture, particularly in the post-AIDS era. Mysterious, unforgiving, and devastating, [Safe] inverts the feel-good, “disease-of-the-week” TV movie format to become one of the great classics of 1990s cinema.
- New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director Todd Hanyes, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary with Haynes, star Julianne Moore, and producer Christine Vachon
- White [Mater]ial, a new video piece by Amber Jacobs and Catherine Grant
- PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum and urban theorist Mike Davis and Alison Maclean’s 1995 interview with Todd Haynes.