Anatomy of a Murder, Otto Preminger's 1959 film of the novel by Robert Traver (a pen name for a Michigan Supreme Court Justice), was controversial in its day for making frank on-screen use of then-unheard words such as "panties", "rape" and "spermatogenesis"--and it remains a trenchant, bitter, tough, witty dissection of the American legal system. With its striking Saul Bass title design and jazzy Duke Ellington score, Anatomy of a Murder takes a sophisticated approach unusual for a Hollywood film of its vintage. Most radically, it refuses to show the murder or any of the private scenes recounted in court, leaving it up to us to decide along with the jury whether the grumpy and unconcerned Lieutenant Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara) was or was not subject to an "irresistible impulse" tantamount to insanity when he shot dead Barney Quill, the bear-like bar owner alleged to have raped Manion's teasing trailer-trash wife Laura (Lee Remick in unfeasibly tight trousers). James Stewart plays Paul "Polly" Biegler a former District Attorney keen to get back into court to clash with the political dullard who replaced him in office. Biegler is supported by the skills of his snide secretary (Eve Arden) and boozy-but-brilliant research partner (Arthur O'Connell). For the prosecution, the befuddled local DA hauls in Dancer (George C Scott), a prissy legal eagle from the local big city whose sharp-suited, sly elegance makes an interesting clash with Biegler's "aw-shucks" jimmy-stewartian conniving. This is simply the best trial movie ever made, with a real understanding of the way lawyers have to be not only great actors but stars, assuming personalities that exaggerate their inner selves and weighing every outburst and objection for the effect it has on the poor saps in the jury box. On the DVD: The print is letterboxed to 1.85:1, but it's a bit of a cheat since that seems to involve trimming the top and bottom of the image (losing the steps under and the clouds above the Columbia lady in the opening titles), though the film isn't seriously hurt by a tighter look at the action. Also included are: an Ellington-scored photo montage, soundtracks in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish with subtitles in ten languages, filmographies for director and principal cast, original advertising (highlighting Saul Bass' poster designs, a trailer and more trailers for more Columbia Jimmy Stewart or courtroom films. --Kim Newman
Otto Preminger's 1960 adaptation of Leon Uris's novel Exodus is a sprawling tale of the founding of modern Israel, starring Paul Newman as a resistance leader. The film works best as an example of Preminger's estimable skill with all levels of drama and action, but as a reflection upon history it is compromised by stereotypes, unpersuasive relationships and a certain moral ambivalence about issues related to the subject. There are good and exciting sequences, however, particularly one involving an effort to break through a British blockade and get to the homeland. --Tom Keogh
Eureka Entertainment to release Otto Preminger's LAURA, a psychologically complex and well-crafted murder mystery, on Blu-ray from 14 January 2019. The only question about Laura is whether it's simply one of the greatest film noir releases ever made, or if it's indeed the quintessential film noir. Decide for yourself. This 1944 murder mystery classic from director Otto Preminger (replacing a fired Rouben Mamoulian) has only grown in stature over the years, with its hypnotic mixture of doomed romantic obsession, dizzying intrigue, and fatalistic cynicism marking it as essential noir. Police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is drawn into Manhattan high society as he investigates the death of stunning ad exec Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), apparently shotgunned in her own apartment. The slithery suspects are numerous, led by effete, snobbish columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), and Laura's philandering fiancÃ© Shelby (Vincent Price), who's also been cavorting with Laura's wealthy aunt (Judith Anderson). McPherson begins to fall in love with Laura through a portrait in her home and the memories relayed by those who knew her just as it becomes apparent that even the basic facts of the case might not be what they seemed. Peppered with eternally quotable dialogue ( I should be sincerely sorry to see my neighbours' children devoured by wolves. ) and sumptuous, Oscar-winning cinematography by Joseph LaShelle, Laura stands with The Big Sleep and Double Indemnity as one of the classic noir titles, and an undeniable American masterpiece. BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: 1080p presentation on Blu-ray of both the extended and original theatrical versions of the film LPCM mono Audio Optional English SDH subtitles Audio commentary by composer David Raksin and film professor Jeanine Basinger Audio commentary by film historian Rudy Behlmer Laura: The Lux Radio Theater broadcasts Two radio adaptations of Laura from 1945 [59 mins] and 1954 [57 mins], starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in the 1945 version, and Gene Tierney and Victor Mature in the 1954 version Laura: The Screen Guild Theater broadcast Adaptation of Laura from radio anthology series, The Screen Guild Theater, originally aired in 1945 [30 mins], starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney and Clifton Webb Laura: The Ford Theater broadcast A further radio adaptation of Laura from 1948, starring Virginia Gilmore and John Larkin A Tune for Laura: David Raksin Remembers an archival interview with the renowned composer The Obsession an archival featurette on Laura Deleted Scene PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring a new essay by Phil Hoad, alongside a selection of rare archival imagery
One of America's most significant and controversial post-war films this triple-Oscar-nominated feature boasts a searing performance by Frank Sinatra as a war veteran caught between two worlds as he tries to kick his drug habit and establish a new life; Eleanor Parker is his embittered manipulative wife and Kim Novak the young woman who stands by him. With its groundbreaking subject and an authenticity rarely matched in the many films it inspired The Man with the Golden Arm combines masterly direction by Otto Preminger and a jazz score by the legendary Elmer Bernstein. It is featured here in a stunning new digital restoration in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Having just served a prison term for possession of heroin poker dealer Frankie Machine vows to stay clean and find success as a jazz drummer. His wife left disabled by a car crash is equally determined he should remain in the lucrative gambling business. Pressurised by his wife after being asked to deal in a high-stakes game Frankie's fear of failure leads him straight back to the nearest fix...
A virtuoso JAMES STEWART (Vertigo) plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie's BEN GAZZARA) accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Days of Wine and Roses' LEE REMICK). This gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, the most popular film from Hollywood provocateur OTTO PREMINGER (Laura), was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sexmore than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast including a young GEORGE C. SCOTT (Patton) as a fiery prosecuting attorney and legendary real-life attorney JOSEPH N. WELCH as the judgeand influential jazz score by DUKE ELLINGTON, Anatomy of a Murder is a Hollywood landmark; it was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Special Edition Features New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition New alternate 5.1 soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition New interview with Otto Preminger biographer Foster Hirsch Critic Gary Giddins explores Duke Ellington's score in a new interview A look at the relationship between graphic designer Saul Bass and Preminger with Bass biographer Pat Kirkham Newsreel footage from the set Excerpts from a 1967 episode of Firing Line, featuring Preminger in discussion with William F. Buckley Jr. Excerpts from the work Anatomy of Anatomy: The Making of a Movie Behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine's Gjon Mili Trailer, featuring on-set footage PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton and a 1959 Life magazine article on real-life lawyer Joseph N. Welch, who plays the judge in the film
This essential collection brings together three of acclaimed director Otto Preminger's greatest film noirs for the first time on Blu-ray, delivering a unique combination of intrigue, moral ambiguity and stylish black and white photography, which truly defines this much loved genre. In Fallen Angel, Dana Andrews stars as a down-on-his-luck press agent turned amateur sleuth, investigating the murder of a sultry waitress, Stella (Linda Darnell). Whirlpool is a fascinating blend of noir and woman’s picture starring the beautiful Gene Tierney as a troubled socialite who falls prey to the machinations of a sinister hypnotist (José Ferrer). Whilst in the downbeat Where the Sidewalk Ends Dana Andrews again stars, as a tough cop whose brutal methods leave a trail of murder, deceit and cover-ups. Extras: Original trailers Film commentaries
Definitely no clues! In this suspense film even one clue might tell all! THE SEARCH FOR 'BUNNY LAKE' IS ON! When Ann Lake (Carol Lynley) arrives to collect her four-year-old daughter, Bunny, from nursery, she is told that no child of that name is enrolled there. Superintendent Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) is assigned to the case, and before long a number of people are under suspicion, including the child's protective uncle (Keir Dullea), the Lake's eccentric landlord (NoÃ«l Coward) and the school's eccentric ex-headmistress (Martita Hunt). However, when he learns that no-one has actually ever seen the child, Newhouse begins to suspect that the young woman may be unbalanced. Extras: 4K restoration from the original negative Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman Carol Lynley Remembers (2006, 27 mins): the actress discusses her career and working with Otto Preminger Clive Revill Remembers (2017, 14 mins): the celebrated actor discuss his role as Andrews Isolated score: experience Paul Glass' original soundtrack music Original theatrical trailers Image gallery New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Volume 1 of a collection of classic Marilyn Monroe movies including: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1956) Gentlemen may prefer blondes but this blonde bombshell prefers diamonds and lots of them! Glamorous showgirl Marilyn sets sail for France intent on marrying a rich yet boring beau. But anything can - and does - happen with the beautiful and fun-loving Jane Russell acting as chaperone. From celebrated director Howard Hawks this musical comedy classic features Marilyn's s
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.
This 4-disc collection includes the classic film noir titles Fallen Angel (1945 Otto Preminger) Whirlpool (1949 Otto Preminger) Night and the City (1950 Jules Dassin) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950 Otto Preminger). With their combination of intrigue moral ambiguity and stylised black and white photography these essential noirs exemplify the very best that this much loved Hollywood genre has to offer. This release is accompanied with a fully illustrated booklet carrying essays on all titles.
When Ann Lake (Carol Lynley) goes to pick up four year old Bunny at her new pre-school in London, she's told that no child by that name is enrolled there... Superintendent Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case. His suspects include Steven Lake (Keir Dullea) , the child's protective uncle; Horatio Wilson (Noel Coward), the Lake's decadent landlord; and Aida Ford (Martita Hunt), the school's eccentric ex-headmistress, but he soon learns that no one has actually seen the child and there is absolutely no proof that Bunny ever existed. Ann maintains the child's been kidnapped, but Newhouse begins to suspect that the hystarical young woman may just be insane. 'Bunny Lake Is Missing' is director Otto Preminger's controversial masterpiece of terror and suspense.
Recently widowed Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) and his young son begin a new life in the breathtaking rugged Northwest wilderness where Matt is robbed and beaten by ruthless gambler Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun). When Weston's beautiful fiance (Marilyn Monroe) then decides to nurse Calder back to health, the insanely jealous Weston risks all their lives by taking them on a ride down a treacherous river...
An amoral French girl and her playboy father discover the dark side of passion in this sizzling 1958 adaptation of Francoise Sagan's notorious bestseller. Jean Seberg is Cecile the spoiled 17-year-old daughter of Raymond (David Nevin) a wealthy Parisian widower vacationing in a sumptuous villas on the French Rivera. Their shallow pleasure-seeking existence is threatened when Raymond decides to marry Cecil's straitlaced godmother Anne.(Deborah Kerr) who disapproves of the teen
Few actresses have dominated the camera as powerfully as Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones. Her polished beauty plays in irresistible contrast to her title character's leonine sexuality and fluid emotions; a man can't decide from moment to moment if he wants to save her from doom, build her a castle, or never let her out of bed. Of course, that's the problem with the boys in this semi-experimental adaptation of Bizet's opera, Carmen. Straight-arrow Joe (a strapping Harry Belafonte), an obedient corporal on a southern military base during World War II, is all set to go to flight school and marry his hometown sweetie, Cindy Lou (Olga James), when his troublemaking sergeant orders him to accompany Carmen to a civilian court. In short order, Joe is swept up in Carmen's carnal anarchy and her craving for release from lousy options in life. An impulsive act of violence ensures that Joe's future is gone forever, putting Carmen in the difficult position of destroying their relationship to save him. Oscar Hammerstein II took Bizet's music in 1943 and rewrote the book and lyrics. The result is largely a smashing success with a few missteps (the bullfighter in Bizet's piece becomes a heavyweight boxer here, which breaks up a certain grace in the story) and a couple of perfect stretches (the long prelude to Carmen and Joe's first embrace, set on Carmen's hoodoo-ish home turf). Despite the fact that both Dandridge and Belafonte were singers, their vocal performances were dubbed by LeVern Hutcherson and Marilyn Horne. (Yes, it is a little disconcerting to hear another voice coming out of the more familiar Belafonte's mouth.) Otto Preminger directed with his usual eye on economy of action and production, as the numerous musical numbers tend to be shot in lengthy, single, carefully choreographed takes. The result can be a little visually static at times, but the passion behind the singing pulls everything through.--Tom Keogh
Already in trouble with his superiors over his brutal tactics and alienated from his colleagues detective Mark Dixon's problems pile up when he accidentally kills a murder suspect and then falls in love with the dead man's wife...
The Laconic tough guy finally gets the box set treatment featuring three of his finest celluloid performances. The Enemy Below (1957): Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens star in this gripping World War II drama about an American destroyer and a German U-boat stalking each other at sea. As both men try to out-think and out-manouevre each other the chase becomes a deadly chess game in which any mistake can bring instant defeat and death. Winner of the 1957 Academy Award for Be
One of America's most significant and controversial post-war films this triple-Oscar-nominated feature boasts a searing performance by Frank Sinatra as a war veteran caught between two worlds as he tries to kick his drug habit and establish a new life; Eleanor Parker is his embittered manipulative wife and Kim Novak the young woman who stands by him. With its groundbreaking subject and an authenticity rarely matched in the many films it inspired The Man with the Golden Arm combines masterly direction by Otto Preminger and a jazz score by the legendary Elmer Bernstein. It is featured here in a stunning new High Definition restoration in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Having just served a prison term for possession of heroin poker dealer Frankie Machine vows to stay clean and find success as a jazz drummer. His wife left disabled by a car crash is equally determined he should remain in the lucrative gambling business. Pressurised by his wife after being asked to deal in a high-stakes game Frankie's fear of failure leads him straight back to the nearest fix...
Otto Preminger's sprawling Second World War drama, In Harm's Way, packs a lot in its 165 minutes, beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor (which Preminger re-creates in amazing detail) and ending a couple of years later with America's return to the South Pacific in force. John Wayne and Kirk Douglas star as a career naval captain and his self-pitying commander in the peacetime navy who are thrust into battle when Pearl Harbour is bombed while they are on manoeuvres. Minutes into World War II, they are already scapegoated and demoted by the embarrassed military brass. Wayne romances a WAVE nurse (Patricia Neal) and attempts a reconciliation with his estranged, spoiled son (Brandon de Wilde) while Douglas sinks into the bottle after the death of his cheating wife until the American fleet rebuilds and calls upon Wayne to lead one of the initial invasion forces. Henry Fonda makes a brief but commanding appearance as the fleet admiral. Burgess Meredith is a former writer turned witty commander, Dana Andrews a showy but indecisive admiral, and Stanley Holloway a genial Australian scout working with the American invasion forces. Tom Tryon and Paula Prentiss play newlyweds torn apart by the war, and also appearing are Franchot Tone, Carroll O'Conner, Slim Pickens, George Kennedy, Bruce Cabot, and Larry Hagman, among many, many more. Loyal Griggs's handsome black-and-white photography is topped only by Saul Bass's impressive closing credits sequence, a rising cascade of crashing waves and rough surf reportedly paced to mirror the dramatic rhythm of the film. --Sean Axmaker
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