Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM PST by Tom Landy
Preminger and Fassbinder are coming to Blu-ray in the Criterion Collection in February.
In an early announcement to retailers, Criterion is preparing the 1959 crime drama 'Anatomy of a Murder' for Blu-ray on February 21.
This gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, the most popular film from Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words.
The Blu-ray will feature a 1080p transfer, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: 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 in progress Anatomy of “Anatomy”: The Making of a Movie; Behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine’s Gjon Mili; Trailer, featuring on-set footage; and 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.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 'World on a Wire' will also be available on Blu-ray on the same date.
Originally made for German television, this recently rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema’s kinkiest geniuses..
The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements will include: Fassbinder’s “World on a Wire”: Looking Ahead to Today, a fifty-minute documentary about the making of the film by Juliane Lorenz; New interview with German-film scholar Gerd Gemünden; Trailer for the 2010 theatrical release; and a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Ed Halter.
Suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $39.95.
You can find the latest specs for 'Anatomy of a Murder' and 'World on a Wire' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under February 21.
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