The Pillow Book (Limited Edition, Region Free)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Peter Greenaway, 1996)

Release date: 24 February 2020

Limited Edition Blu-ray


Inspired by Sei Shōnagon’s first-century diary, Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book is an audio-visual tour de force, and a showcase for one of British cinema’s most singular talents.


Starring Vivian Wu (8½ Women), Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) and Ken Ogata (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters), the film is among Greenaway’s most daring and adventurous works.





High Definition remaster

Original stereo audio

Selected scenes commentary with Peter Greenaway (2015, 38 mins)

The Book of the Editor (2020, 27 mins): editor Chris Wyatt recalls his work with Greenaway

Rosa (1992, 16 mins): performance film by Anne Teresa De Keersmaker’s Rosas dance company, directed by Peter Greenaway and shot by Sacha Vierny, newly restored from the original negative by Belgium’s Cinematek

Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography

Original theatrical trailer

Original theatrical calligraphic subtitle presentation

New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay by Adam Scovell, Peter Greenaway on The Pillow Book, excerpts from Greenaway’s 26 Facts About Flesh and Ink and the original press book, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Anthony Nield on Rosa, Bruno Mestdagh on restoring Rosa, and film credits

Limited edition of 3,000 copies


With a surprising climax years ahead of its time, The Woman in the Window is suspenseful film noir at its most seductive, while also serving as an excellent companion piece to the following year’s Scarlet Street, which reunited Lang with Robinson, Bennett, and Duryea in strikingly similar roles. For anyone even remotely interested in film noir, The Woman in the Window is mandatory viewing, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present it in its UK debut on Blu-ray.



1080p presentation on Blu-ray

LPCM audio (original mono presentation)

Optional English subtitles

Brand new and exclusive video essay by critic David Cairns

Feature Length Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City

Original theatrical trailer

A Collector’s booklet featuring new essays by film journalist and writer Amy Simmons; and film writer Samm Deighan; alongside rare archival imagery