Grey Gardens (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts, and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot.
An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles (Salesman), codirected by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.
This special edition also features the 2006 follow-up to the film,The Beales of Grey Gardens, constructed from hours of extra footage in the filmmakers’ vaults.
New 2K digital film restoration, approved by codirector Albert Maysles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
The Beales of Grey Gardens, the 2006 sequel to the film
Audio commentary for Grey Gardens, featuring Maysles and codirectors Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, along with associate producer Susan Froemke
Introduction to The Beales of Grey Gardens by Maysles
Audio excerpts from a 1976 interview with Little Edie Beale, conducted by Kathryn G. Graham
Interviews with fashion designers Todd Oldham and John Bartlett on the continuing influence of Grey Gardens
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als