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Prince of Tides 30 years on.

The Prince of Tides was released nearly 30 years ago...and I’ve just finished an updated director’s edition working with Criterion on this new package for over a year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed doing it.

SCROLL DOWN - for John Bellamys personal account of this film.

We’ve restored the movie to a 4K restoration...and I combined commentary that I recorded in 1991 with new commentary that I recorded this past year. There is a special making-of featurette, along with some archival interviews recorded at the time of release, and a more recent interview I did in 2018. There’s audition and rehearsal footage, deleted scenes and alternate takes, and costume and makeup tests.

When I put the movie out in 1991, I played around with alternate credits, and even considered adding my vocals over the closing credits, which I decided against (you can hear why in the commentary). Those alternate credits are in the package too. There’s behind-the-scenes footage, a gag reel, a photo gallery, notes, and more.

I hope you can enjoy this package for years to come, and I especially hope it brings some comfort during these unsettling times of self-isolation.

This is the time when we’re estranged from each other…thank God we have movies to see.

Thank you all, and thank you Criterion!

Stay safe,




  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by actor, producer, and director Barbra Streisand, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray

  • Audio commentary featuring Streisand, recorded in 1991 and updated in 2019

  • Making-of featurette

  • Excerpt from a 2018 interview with Streisand, conducted by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez on El Rey Network’s The Director’s Chair

  • Audition and rehearsal footage

  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes

  • Costume and makeup tests

  • Alternate end credits with a vocal performance by Streisand

  • Behind-the-scenes footage

  • Gag reel

  • Production-stills gallery and other archival materials

  • Interview with author Pat Conroy from a 1992 episode of Cinema Showcase with Jim Whaley

  • Interview with Streisand from a 1992 episode of the British television show Aspel & Company with Michael Aspel

  • Notes from Conroy to Streisand   

  • Trailers  

  • PLUS: An essay by film historian Bruce Eder


COMMENT FROM JOHN BELLAMY When I heard this film was gong to be having a Princess Diana Royal Gala Premier in Leicester Square London, I had to go.

I was living in London so it was not a problem. I managed to get two Circle seats at £380 the pair and asked a friend to join me, and he was as thilled as I was.

It was a huge amount of money but worth ever penny as I hoped to be sitting near someone famous.

We had to wear a Tux / black tie ( I went in tails ) and it was a right royal glam affair,. Red carpet. TV cameras everywhere. The entire cast attended and her Royalness - no not Diana although she was there - but Barbra herself. She sat 4 seats down and 4 seats to my right, and I have to confess that when the film started, I was so ingrossed in the storyline, I forgot all about the fact she was sitting just 20 feet away - with Nick Nolte etc.

After the film she gave a short speech about loving London and wanting to buy a house here, and how she gets less bother from the public here.

I was creaming my pants the whole time. She was right there, 20 feet away from me, looking round and straight in my direction. She saw me..... I saw her ..... Face to face....

After being a mega fan for decades - since I was 16 years of age - and now here she was right near me - live - not recorded. Live in person.

O.M. FUCKING G. Th film was brilliant and while I knew nothing about the story line, I was enthrawled from start to finnish. Now I read it is over 30 years ago, when I was in my mid 30's - and I remember every single detail about that night from beginning to end. The smell of the theatre. The seats, The ambiance. The excitement shared by all. It was a moment I shall never - ever - forget.,

Thank you Barbra Streisand. Thank you for a lifetime of wonder.



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