We’ve just heard that First Cow, the brilliant film from Kelly Reichardt which screening at film festivals, including the Berlinale in 2020, is set to arrive on Blu-ray and DVD in August. The film is currently playing on streaming service MUBI, but if you’re looking for a copy to hold in your hand, then you’ll be able to get hold of one from 9th August.
A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful but precarious cake-making business, the longevity of which is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow – the very first, and only, in the territory.
With this simple premise, Reichardt paints an authentic portrait of harsh frontier life in the early nineteenth century, depicting the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America and interrogating the very foundations on which the country was built.
The only confirmed bonus fetaure is a ‘making of’.
More details to come. Check out the box art below.