A New Leaf (Dual format)

Director: Elaine May

Stars: Walter Matthau Elaine May

1971 USA

Romance Comedy


This product has been discontinued.



  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Year: 1971
  • Runtime: 102
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Colour: Colour
  • Certificate: U
  • Subtitles: English SDH
  • Genre: Romance
  • SKU: EKA70202
  • 2 Discs
  • Release Date: Dec 7, 2015
Region: B


One of America’s greatest comic legends, Elaine May, made her debut as writer and director in the wonderful A New Leaf. Unanimously acclaimed from the start, but unavailable for many years, it now stands as a classic alongside Harold and Maude, Bananas and M*A*S*H* as a key film in the new direction of American screen comedy in the 1970s.

The great Walter Matthau stars as Henry, a once-rich playboy who has obliviously spent his entire inheritance. Desperate to marry into further financial support, he meets Henrietta (Elaine May), a shy, awkward, though independently wealthy botany professor. What follows is a giddy tale of dubious legal advice, ruthless skullduggery and ferns.

A most unorthodox romantic comedy, stuffed with deadpan hilarity and brilliant comic invention, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its UK home video première in a new Dual-Format edition.


“drastically under appreciated genius… bright, dark, mad 1971 comedy…hilarious ” – Uncut Magazine

“Matthau’s asexual cad squeezes all the juice from a script mixing aphoristic repartee, physical humour and astringent black comedy..Headily sharp tone, wit and performances snap, fizz and pop in the arsenic-laced cocktail which remains”The Arts Desk

“Every line and every laugh are as dry as a sand martini” – Empire

“a modern screwball on par with the classics” – Little White Lies

“deft mix of erudition, slapstick and pitch-black wit, and the stars’ off-kilter chemistry is a joy ★” – Total Film


  • New high definition digital transfer with exclusive image restoration
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The Bluebeard of Happiness, a new video essay by critic David Cairns
  • 24-PAGE BOOKLET featuring new writing on the film by critic Glenn Kenny, plus archival images