Monday, 22 April 2013

Leave Her to Heaven | The 1945 melodrama is heading to Blu-ray on 14 May

The 1945 melodrama LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN, starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price and Darryl Hickman, is coming to Blu-ray in a limited edition US release on 14 May 2013.

“A ‘film noir in color’ (per Martin Scorsese) and a masterpiece of post-WW II American cinema… director John M. Stahl’s gaze remains spare and precise, very Japanese in effect, like an acidic fusion of Ozu and Naruse” The Time Out Film Guide

“[Technicolor] reached its astounding apogee in the lips of Gene Tierney, as red as a witch’s apple. Each frame of her appears to be hand-tinted, as if she had ordered it” Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

Adapted from the Ben Ames Williams bestseller, Leave Her to Heaven, was a Hollywood blockbuster whose reputation has only grown with time. A ‘juicy Technicolor melodrama’ with the shadowy heart of a film noir, it focuses on the alluring Ellen (Gene Tierney), a femme fatale whose elegant exterior conceals depths of feverish jealousy that drive her to commit a most heinous crime. Although lushly photographed (by Leon Shamroy, whose work would win him a well-deserved Oscar), the film is directed with admirable austerityby veteran John M. Stahl, and features Alfred Newman's potent score, available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.

The other special features will be an audio commentary with Darryl Hickman and critic Richard Schickel, Movietone new footage, and trailer.

Click here to pre-order from Twilight Time

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