Criterion Collection: The Long Day Closes

Criterion Collection: The Long Day Closes

Director: Terence Davies Cast: Marjorie Yates, Leigh Mc Cormack, Anthony Watson

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Criterion Collection: The Long Day Closes

Terence Davies' blissful, evocative and non-narrative follow-up to his Distant Voices, Still Lives follows a few months in the life of 12-year-old Bud (Leigh McCormack), in impressionistic snatches of his everyday existence growing up in the Liverpool of 1956. Bud's world is influenced by his mother (Marjorie Yates), his older sister Helen (Ayse Owens), and his older brothers John (Nicholas Lamont) and Kevin (Anthony Watson). Bud is a lonely and quiet child whose moments of solace occur when he sits in rapture at the local cinema, watching towering and iconic figures on the movie screen. The movies give Bud the strength to get through another day as he deals with his oppressive school environment and his burgeoning homosexuality.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/2014
UPC: 0715515112611
Original Release: 1992
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1A
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 18,720

Special Features

New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray.

Audio commentary by director Terence Davies and director of photography Michael Coulter.

Episode from 1992 of the British television series The South Bank Show with Davies, featuring on-set footage from The Long Day Closes and interviews with cast and crew.

New interviews with executive producer Colin MacCabe and production designer Christopher Hobbs.


One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats.

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Koresky.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marjorie Yates Mother
Leigh Mc Cormack Bud
Anthony Watson Kevin
Nicholas Lamont Actor
Ayse Owens Helen
Tina Malone Edna
Jimmy Wilde Curly
Patricia Morrison Amy
Brenda Peters Nurse

Technical Credits
Terence Davies Director,Screenwriter
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
William Diver Editor,Producer
Ben Gibson Executive Producer
Christopher Hobbs Production Designer
Monica Howe Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Last Score Composer
Robert Lockhart Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Colin MacCabe Executive Producer
Olivia Stewart Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Long Day Closes
1. Opening Credits [6:23]
2. The Pictures [6:14]
3. Daydreams [3:20]
4. At the Fair [6:42]
5. Christmas [7:31]
6. Secondary School [4:58]
7. Going Out [4:31]
8. Lice [8:59]
9. Erosion [3:32]
10. Left Out [8:38]
11. A Celebration [8:10]
12. Bud's World [4:42]
13. A Gradual Decay [11:38]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Discovering the Cinema [6:21]
2. Childhood Traumas: Paternal Abuse, School Bullying, and Catholicism [9:11]
3. The Terence Davies Trilogy and the BFI Production Board [9:05]
4. Distant Voices, Still Lives and Critical Success [2:58]
5. The Long Day Closes, Tracking Shots, and the Denial of Geography [6:25]
6. Filming: the Script, Set, and Actors [13:19]

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