The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) | Blu-ray release – Paul Newman directs wife Joanne Woodward in a searing drama

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

From Powerhouse Films comes the Indicator UK Blu-ray premiere release of Paul Newman's The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Deserted by her husband, Beatrice Hunsdorffer (Joanne Woodward) attempts to bring up her teenage daughters Matilda (Nell Potts) and Ruth (Roberta Wallach) with little money and diminishing success. While Ruth selfishly indulges in her cheerleader lifestyle, the introverted Matilda responds to the kindness of her science teacher and pursues some unusual experiments with marigolds…

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paul Zindel with Paul Newman in the director's chair (for the second time), this is a powerful, searingly unsentimental and ultimately transformative drama, featuring a trio of towering performances from the three female leads at its core.

The Powerhouse Films/Indicator UK Blu-ray, featuring a 4k restoration, is out now, and includes the following special features…

• Audio commentary with film historian Adrian Martin • The John Player Lecture with Paul Newman (1972) • The Guardian Interview with Joanne Woodward (1984, 65 mins) • Cannes Film Festival Press Conference with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (1973, 2 mins) • Isolated music and effects track • Original TV spot • Gallery • Collector's booklet with new essays by Johnny Mains and Bethan Roberts