Diary of a Mad Housewife

Edition no. 168

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Directed by: Frank Perry

Superbly directed by Frank Perry (The Swimmer, Play It as It Lays), with a scathing screenplay by Eleanor Perry (David and Lisa, Ladybug Ladybug), Diary of a Mad Housewife tells the story of Tina Balser (Carrie Snodgress, The Fury, Pale Rider) a frustrated housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage to an insufferably controlling, status-obsessed bore (Richard Benjamin, Catch-22). Tina seeks solace in a fling with an abusive lover, the arrogant writer Georg Prager (Frank Langella, Dracula), who treats her like a sex object, leading to therapy and further unhappiness.
A caustic deconstruction of male chauvinism, Diary of a Mad Housewife was a huge critical hit, earning its female lead an Academy Award nomination upon its release. The Perrys’ film is presented here in both its theatrical cut, and a long-unseen alternative TV version.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50


  • Long unseen alternative TV version containing unique scenes, presented in Standard Definition, as originally broadcast
  • Theatrical cut audio commentary with actor Rutanya Alda and film historian Lee Gambin (2022)
  • TV version audio commentary with Frank Perry biographer Justin Bozung (2022)
  • Video appreciation by Academy Award-winning editor and filmmaker Chris Innis (2022)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Larry Karaszewski trailer commentary (2020)
  • Radio spot
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Paula Mejía, a profile of novelist Sue Kaufman, extracts from interviews with Frank Perry, Eleanor Perry and Carrie Snodgress, a look at Snodgress and Neil Young’s relationship, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits

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