Jul 272021

Working Girls comes to Blu-ray, as well as DVD, courtesy of The Criterion Collection and comes with an audio commentary and a couple new interviews.



Working Girls
— The Criterion Collection —

Genre(s): Drama
The Criterion Collection| NR – 93 min. – $39.95 | July 13, 2021

Date Published: 07/27/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Lizzie Borden
Writer(s): Lizzie Borden (story), Lizzie Borden, Sandra Kay (screenplay)
Cast: Louise Smith, Ellen McElduff, Marusia Zach, Amanda Goodwin, Janne Peters, Helen Nicholas

Features: Commentary, Interviews
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (PCM 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.66
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: 43.84 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.11 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

The Criterion Collection provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


Working Girls reveals the textures of a day in the life of Molly (LOUISE SMITH), a photographer working part-time in a Manhattan brothel, as she juggles a steady stream of clients, balances relationships with her coworkers with the demands of an ambitious madam (ELLEN MCELDUFF), and above all fights to maintain her sense of self in a business in which the line between the personal and the professional is all too easily blurred.



This release comes housed in a clear HD keep case and comes with a 36-page booklet.

Audio Commentary by Director Lizzie Borden, Director of Photography Judy Irola and Actor Amanda Goodwin that was recorded in 2007.


  • Lizzie Borden and Bette Gordon (21:20) — Director Lizzie Borden with her friend Bette Gordon on the making of Working Girls.
  • Cast and Crew (22:12) — Actors Louise Smith and Amanda Goodwin, Producer Andi Gladstone, and First Assistant Director Vicky Funari talk about their experiences making Working Girls.
  • Sex Workers (26:09) — Sex workers Jo Weldon, Antonia Crane, Selena the Stripper, and Daphne talk about how Working Girls reflect their experiences in the sex industry.


VIDEO – 5/5

Working Girl is presented in its original 1.66 widescreen aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer, which was created in 4K resolution from the 16 mm A/B original camera negative. The picture was restored by The Criterion Collection and the UCLA Film & Television Archive along with the Sundance Institution. The video looks really pristine, clean and free of any hints of artifacts, aliasing, specs or dirt. The natural film grain and noise is abundant and gives the transfer some great texture.

AUDIO – 4¼/5

The disc comes with a PCM monaural track which was taken from the original magnetic tracks. The vast majority of this film is strictly dialogue and some ambient noises. The dialogue does come across with good clarity and no signs of pops, hisses or other flaws.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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