The Delayed Antigone is an episode in the multi-part 70s film 'Germany in August', which had much of the same cast (Blum herself, as well as the lead reporter, can easily be recognised from the start) and crew. Fifteen minutes' long, and with an extremely low budget, it follows a committee who are watching a film cut of the tale of Oedipus. Quite dated, it is still quite a nice accompaniment to the main feature itself - if you like this era of filmmaking.
We also get a Photo Gallery and the Original Trailer to round off the disc.
I am not wholly surprised that The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum received the Criterion treatment on the other side of the pond, and it has been respectfully treated with its new region-free Blu-ray release in the UK, coming with expectedly poor video, decent enough audio and a bunch of decent extras. The film itself is fairly timeless due to its acute observation of oppressive authorities and unchecked press behaviour, but a well-handled re-imagining in a contemporary, modern environment would probably not go amiss, especially considering the relevance that the story has today. Fans will be happy to finally add it to their Blu-ray collection, newcomers who are interested in this kind of film should pick it up as it will unlikely not disappoint them, but those a little more sceptical about whether or not they will be able to see beyond its age and low budget might want to consider just a rental, and then see what they think about the potentially slightly more accessible remake that may come out next year.
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