The Blu-ray Disc
Sunday Bloody Sunday is presented in 1080p high definition in its original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The film looks truly fantastic, presenting a richly saturated, nicely detailed and consistently sharp and clear image. The transfer has a nice film-like texture with a clean, unadulterated grain structure. While the color scheme is drab and earthy, the tones are still vivid, and damage is limited to a few minor speckles here and there. The uncompressed monaural audio is pretty impeccable, presenting both voices and music with near-perfect clarity.
Criterion includes a number of interviews among the supplements, including an archival audio interview with the late Schlesinger, illustrated with photos and clips. New interviews include brief segments with Head, director of photography Billy Williams, production designer Lucian Arrighi, author William J. Mann and photographer and Schlesinger’s longtime partner Michael Childers. The disc also includes the theatrical trailer. Included in the package is a booklet with an essay by Ian Buruma and a reprint of a Gilliatt article on the conception of the film.
The Bottom Line
A fascinating, mature look at romantic entanglement, John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday belongs next to his better-known works, and Criterion’s Blu-ray edition offers a superlative image.