Punch-Drunk Love Comes to the Criterion Collection This November


The home video distribution company Criterion Collection, which releases classic/cult films in special feature laden editions, announced yesterday that they will be releasing Paul Thomas Anderson’s hazy romantic drama Punch-Drunk Love on Blu-ray this November. This underrated classic stars Adam Sandler in a surprisingly dramatic turn, Emily Watson, and the usual PTA crew; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman and others. Surprisingly, this is PTA’s first addition to the Criterion Collection (hopefully the first of many).


Punch-Drunk Love is one of PTA’s best pieces of work, only behind There Will Be Blood and The Master. Adam Sandler goes against the typecast characters he usually runs with to play a genuinely disturbed, troubled small business owner. This is really more of an experience than a film; I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It has an incredibly polarizing soundtrack composed by Jon Brion paired with phenomenal cinematography by the legendary Robert Elswit. Check out all the special features that will be included on the disc.



  • 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Paul Thomas Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Blossoms & Blood, a twelve-minute 2002 piece by Anderson featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, along with music by Jon Brion
  • New interview with Brion
  • New piece featuring behind-the-scenes footage of a recording session for the film’s soundtrack
  • New conversation between curators Michael Connor and Lia Gangitano about the art of Jeremy Blake
  • Additional artwork by Blake
  • Cannes press conference from 2002
  • NBC News interview from 2000 with David Phillips, “the pudding guy”
  • Twelve Scopitones
  • Deleted scenes
  • Mattress Man commercial
  • Trailers


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Chaos lurks in every corner of this giddily off-kilter foray into romantic comedy by Paul Thomas Anderson. Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty toilet plunger salesman Barry Egan (Adam Sandler, demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affections of a mysterious woman named Lena (Emily Watson), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (played with maniacal brio by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Fueled by the careening momentum of a baroque-futurist score by Jon Brion, the Cannes-award-winning Punch-Drunk Love channels the spirit of classic Hollywood musicals and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.

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