To Die For Gets Criterion Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon in To Die For. Courtesy of Sony Pictures.

Gus Van Sant’s 1995 satirical black comedy, To Die For, is now available on 4K Ultra HD by way of the Criterion Collection. To Die For is also available separately on Blu-ray.

The release is thanks to a new 4K digital restoration approved by director Gus Van Sant and cinematographer Eric Alan Edwards. The film features a 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack. As tends to be the case with many Criterion releases, a 4K UHD disc presents the film in Dolby Vision HDR while the Blu-ray includes the film and bonus features. Speaking of bonus features, I feel like there’s a missed opportunity here to include new interviews looking back at the film. My guess is that the strike probably had an impact on that.


The all-American obsession with celebrity turns monstrous in this deliciously subversive (and disturbingly prescient) satire of our television-mediated, true-crime-obsessed age. In a career breakthrough, Nicole Kidman delivers a diabolical deconstruction of the girl next door as a local TV weather reporter whose perfectly perky facade belies a murderous heart, as her ruthless pursuit of fame ensnares three disaffected teens in a sordid, tabloid-ready scandal. Deftly deploying shifting perspectives, faux-documentary interviews, and a supporting cast featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon, and Casey Affleck, director Gus Van Sant adds provocative layers of meaning to this darkly funny examination of suburban sociopathy.

Bonus Features

  • Audio commentary featuring Gus Van Sant, Eric Alan Edwards, and editor Curtiss Clayton
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang

DIRECTOR: Gus Van Sant
CAST: Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Illeana Douglas, Alison Folland, Dan Hedaya, Wayne Knight, Kurtwood Smith, Holland Taylor, Maria Tucci, Susan Traylor, Tim Hopper, Michael Rispoli, and Matt Dillon

Sony Pictures released To Die For in theaters on October 6, 1995.

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Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.