The 1979 Quadrophenia film has received a stunning restoration courtesy of The Criterion Collection, which has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US. The package includes a beautifully cleaned up digital transfer, a new 5.1 surround mix that was supervised by Bob Pridden, and loads of extras.
- New, restored digital transfer of the uncut version, supervised by cinematographer Brian Tufano, with the original 2.0 stereo soundtrack as well as an all-new 5.1 surround mix, supervised by the Who and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
- New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and Tufano
- New interview with Bill Curbishley, the film’s coproducer and the Who’s comanager
- New interview with the Who’s sound engineer, Bob Pridden, featuring a discussion of the new mix as well as a restoration demonstration
- Segment on the film from a 1979 episode of the BBC series talking Pictures, featuring interviews and on-set footage
- Segment from a 1964 episode of the French news program Sept jours du monde, about mods and rockers
- Seize millions de jeunes: “Mods,” a 1965 episode of the French youth-culture program, featuring early footage of the Who
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton, a 1985 personal history by original mod Irish Jack, and Pete Townshend’s liner notes from the 1973 album
For more information, please visit the Criterion website.