With Blu-ray becoming the industry standard for now, all the major studios are using any good reason to push their classic catalog titles out in special editions. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's latest upgrade is the original restored version of Tennessee Williams' twelve time Academy Award-nominated "A Streetcar Named Desire." Of those twelve nominations, the film won three proving it to be a cinematic treasure.
The movie was critically acclaimed when it was released in 1951 and continues to be to do this day. It's over 60 years old now and still makes an impact on audiences via TV showings and theatrical presentations. It's also been recognized by the American Film Institute (AFI) several times on "Best of" lists. It was also chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry in 1999 because it was found "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The great thing about the Blu-ray of "A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Restored Version" is it features three minutes of footage taken out of the movie by the Legion of Decency. The footage was thought to be lost until it was discovered in the 1990s. It also has tons of special features which we'll get into later.
If you haven't seen the movie in a while, this high definition edition is the perfect way to revisit it. It's crisp, clean, and digitally restored without losing the flavor of the original film version. There's no fake surround sound mixes to be found here. What you get is a DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track that does its best to present the film's sound, dialogue, and musical score just the way you remember it.
It's packed full of all sorts of goodies for historians and classic film enthusiasts. The commentary for the film includes producer Laurent Bouzereau hosting with additional comments from co- star Karl Malden and historians Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young. There's a one hour and fifteen minute documentary entitled "Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey." Several featurettes are included like "A Streetcar on Broadway," "A Streetcar in Hollywood," "Censorship and Desire," "North and the Music of the South," and "An Actor Named Brando." There are also visual and audio outtakes. We get trailers for the different releases of the movie as well. Lastly, there's a 40-page glossy digibook featuring historical information, pictures, and quotes from the film.
The Blu-ray of "A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Restored Version" is a must-have for all fans and classic movie buffs. The hardcover book packaging is adorned with stills from the film that are both iconic and eye-catching. You get a beautiful high definition restored version of the movie and plenty of special features to make any consumer happy.
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This content was based upon a free review copy the Contributor received.
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