You can get a UK Blu-ray already, but the Quadrophenia Criterion Collection Blu-ray release is a considerable step up from that.
This is a US release only so far, so you’ll need to be in that country or have a region-free player to play it. Many people do, so that shouldn’t be a problem – nor will ordering a copy, as Amazon should ship from the US.
It is likely to be the definitive release of the 1979 mod cult classic, as Criterion issues usually are, complete with enhanced audio and video, along with plenty of extras. In fact, as you know the story already (presumably), we’ll skip straight onto what this release offers over and above the standard versions.
This ‘director-approved’ release includes:
A new, restored digital transfer of the uncut version, supervised by cinematographer Brian Tufano, with the original 2.0 stereo soundtrack as well as an all-new 5.1 surround mix, supervised by the Who and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition.
A new audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and Tufano
A new interview with Bill Curbishley, the film’s co-producer and the Who’s co-manager.
A new interview with the Who’s sound engineer, Bob Pridden, featuring a discussion of the new mix as well as a restoration demonstration.
A segment on the film from a 1979 episode of the BBC series Talking Pictures, featuring interviews and on-set footage.
A segment from a 1964 episode of the French news show Sept Jours du Monde, about mods and rockers
Seize millions de jeunes: Mods – a 1965 episode of the French youth-culture programme, featuring early footage of the Who.
A selection of trailers
A booklet featuring an essay by critic Howard Hampton, a 1985 personal history by Irish Jack, and Pete Townshend’s liner notes from the 1973 album.
All of that will be on the Blu-ray, with a two-disc DVD also released, presumably with all the extras, but with less audio/visual quality. Both are released on 28th August 2012, with the US branch of Amazon doing discounted pre-orders at $27.99 (Blu-ray) or $24.99 (DVD set).