Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, today announced that the breakthrough romantic drama MAURICE, starring Hugh Grant and James Wilby, will be released by the Cohen Film Collection on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on September 5, 2017. The home video release follows a successful theatrical rerelease of the film to mark its 30th anniversary.
Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, MAURICE is a moving story of coming to terms with one’s sexuality and identity in the face of disapproval and misunderstanding. It is based on E.M. Forster’s novel, which was written at the height of his career but which he withheld from publication until after his death due to its controversial nature.
The moving film centers on students Maurice Hall (James Wilby, Howards End, Gosford Park) and Clive Durham (Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually), who find themselves falling in love at Cambridge. In a time when homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, the two must keep their feelings for one another a complete secret.
After a friend is arrested and disgraced for “the unspeakable vice of the Greeks,” Clive abandons his forbidden love and marries a young woman. Maurice, however, struggles with his identity and self-confidence, seeking the help of a hypnotist to rid himself of his undeniable urges. But while staying with Clive and his shallow wife, Anne, Maurice is seduced by the affectionate and yearning servant Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves, The Madness of King George, Where Angels Fear to Tread), an event that brings about profound changes in Maurice’s life and outlook.
MAURICE, originally released in 1987, was the second of director James Ivory’s three acclaimed adaptations of E.M. Forster novels, arriving between A Room With a View and Howards End. The cast of the taboo-breaking film also includes such renowned actors as Denholm Elliott, Simon Callow, Judy Parfitt, Billie Whitelaw, Ben Kingsley and Phoebe Nicholls.
Stephen Harvey of The Village Voice said, “MAURICE is a supremely contemplative movie of rare emotional complexity.” Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide proclaims it “beautifully realized and extremely well acted.” Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “With compassion, humor and detachment, James Ivory’s superb film … takes us into the complacent, fixed world of Britain’s privileged classes in the years immediately before World War I.” “It’s woozy, unadulterated romance, an intoxicating tuxedo-ripper,” said Rita Kempley of The Washington Post.
MAURICE won three major awards at the 1987 Venice Film Festival: Best Actor (shared by James Wilby and Hugh Grant), Best Director and Best Music.
The Cohen Film Collection is proud to present a gorgeous new 4K restoration from the original negative, overseen and approved by director James Ivory and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme.
Bonus features on the DVD include a new on-stage Q&A with Ivory and Lhomme, The Story of Maurice, the original theatrical trailer and the 2017 rerelease trailer.
The two-disc Blu-ray edition includes all of the DVD’s extras as well as James Ivory and Pierre Lhomme on the making of the film; a new conversation between vory and director Tom McCarthy; The Story of Maurice; conversation with the filmmakers; deleted scenes and alternate takes with audio commentary by Ivory.