Before Gravity, Director Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También) gave the world one of the modern classics and showcased some of his bold and ambitious filmmaking and his talent for pushing technology to its limits in his pursuit of cinematic truth with 2006’s Children of Men, and he delivered one of the most chilling and visceral works of cinematic speculative fiction in recent memory. Bold statement I know, but its wel backed up by so many other film fans and critics across the world.
Set in 2027, following eighteen years of global human infertility, the world is a bleak and hostile place. Former activist Theo (played by Clive Owen, Gosford Park, Shadow Dancer) drifts through the violence-riven streets of London without hope or purpose. However, when he reluctantly agrees to help former lover Julian (Julianne Moore, The Fugitive) smuggle a miraculously pregnant woman out of the country, he is unwittingly thrust into the role of all that stands between the human race and its extinction. As the country descends into anarchy and the authorities close in, Theo must race against time to secure safe passage for the humanity’s only hope of salvation.
Based on the dystopian novel by P.D. James and co-starring Michael Caine (Get Carter) and Clare-Hope Ashitey (Seven Seconds), Children of Men offers a powerful and frightening glimpse at a future that, more than a decade later, feels even more chillingly prescient than at the time of its original release. But more than that. Children of Men is a film that begs for revisits. Watching the film the first time (as I did in 2006) you watch the film for the story, for the characters, and for a glimpse into the world. When the end credits roll, you know youve seen a classic and you feel better for it. Then delve into the behind the scenes, read up about the filmmakers, and check out any special features that you can find about the film (and with this Arrow Academy release, there are lots). Then go back and rewatch Children of Men and witness spectacular camerawork and brilliantly put together set pieces that not too many filmmakers can and would tackle. A great piece of filmmaking all round and with the near two hours of special features that are included in this Arrow Academy release, you will get a glimpse behind the curtains of Children of Men.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
• Original 5.1 DTS-HD master audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• New audio commentary by author and critic Bryan Reesman
• There is No Future, a new video appreciation by film historian Philip Kemp
• Fertility & Progeny, a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger
• The Possibility of Hope, an archival documentary featuring interviews with activist Naomi Klein, philosopher Slavoj Žižek and others, exploring the film’s resonance with contemporary current affairs
• Comments by Slavoj Žižek, an archival featurette on the film’s themes
• Creating the Baby, an archival featurette on the film’s visual effects
• Futuristic Design, an archival featurette on the film’s sets
• Theo & Julian, an archival featurette on Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and their characters
• Under Attack, an archival featurette on the film’s ground-breaking camerawork
• Deleted scenes
• Image gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Mark Cunliffe and Amy Simmons
OUT NOW FROM ARROW ACADEMY