Douglas Sirk: King of Hollywood Melodrama (1952)

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This box set consists of the following DVDs;
No Room for the Groom (Directors Suite) (1952) , All I Desire (Directors Suite) (1953) , Taza, Son of Cochise (Directors Suite) (1954) , Magnificent Obsession (Directors Suite) (1954) , All That Heaven Allows (Directors Suite) (1955) , There's Always Tomorrow (Directors Suite) (1955) , The Tarnished Angels (Directors Suite) (1958) , A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Directors Suite) (1958) , Imitation of Life (Directors Suite) (1959)

The definitive collection

Over his 17-year career in Hollywood, Douglas Sirk carved out a name as one of Hollywood’s most bankable directors. Awash with glamour and names such as Barbara Stanwyck, Rock Hudson, Lana Turner and Fred MacMurray, his star-studded matinées constantly appeared at the top of box office charts. But armed with the visual vocabulary of German Expressionism and a healthy dose of sardonic irony, Sirk was able to turn otherwise pedestrian romances into incisive indictments of the great post-war American dream.

Collected here are nine of Sirk’s most impressive efforts at Universal, including exclusively the screwball comedy NO ROOM FOR THE GROOM and his only western, TAZA, SON OF COCHISE.

NO ROOM FOR THE GROOM

Alvah (Tony Curtis) and Lee (Piper Laurie) elope to Las Vegas, but a series of disastrous and hilarious hijinks orchestrated by Lee’s uncompromising mother delay the wedding night…

ALL I DESIRE

Barbara Stanwyck stars as a woman who returns to the family she abandoned years earlier, and must cope with the problems she left behind.

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION

Sirk’s first screen pairing of Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson is a romantic tearjerker filmed in glorious Technicolor®.

TAZA, SON OF COCHISE

Rock Hudson stars as a pacifist Apache chief in Sirk’s first and only western, his favourite of his own films.

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

Wyman and Hudson are reunited in this May-December romance, compromising the social conventions of her New England country club set.

THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW

Double Indemnity’s Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck are reunited as former lovers who share an unshakable yet forbidden bond.

A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE

Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, John Gavin and Lilo Pulver star as childhood friends who must learn to rely on each other for love and survival amid the devastation of post-World War II Germany.

THE TARNISHED ANGELS

Rock Hudson and Robert Stack compete for the love of Dorothy Malone’s LaVerne in this barnstorming melodrama based on William Faulkner’s Pylon.

IMITATION OF LIFE

Lana Turner and Juanita Moore star as single mothers whose destinies are intertwined in Sirk’s famed Hollywood swansong, which remained Universal’s biggest box office success until 1970.

DVD Special Features

Two previously unreleased feature-length Sirk films: TAZA, SON OF CONCHISE and NO ROOM FOR THE GROOM

Interview with Tony Curtis

Interview with Douglas Sirk "Days with Sirk"

Audio commentaries on the films by prominent academics

Original theatrical trailers

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Starring
Rock Hudson
Jane Wyman
Robert Stack
Dortohy Malone
John Gavin
Don DeFore
Barbara Rush
Gregg Palmer
Tony Curtis
Piper Laurie
Spring Byington
Lillian Bronson
Paul McVey
Directed by
Douglas Sirk
Music
Frank Skinner
Henry Mancini
Milton Rosen
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Multi
Disc (9)
RSDL
(76:18)
Various 1952 869:00 576i (PAL) 4
Video
Widescreen Varies, 16x9 Enhanced
Audio
English Dolby Digital (224Kb/s)
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Extras
Interviews-Cast-Interview with star Tony Curtis, Trailer-Four Directors Suite trailers, Audio Commentary-Full length by Senior Lecturer in Film, Monash University, Featurette-Days with Sirk documentary, Theatrical Trailer, Trailer-Four Directors Suite trailers, Audio Commentary-by Dr Mark Nicholls, Senior Lecturer in Cinema, Uni. of Melb, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette-(23:02) Contract Kid : William Reynolds : V.good and unusual, Featurette-(15:13) Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) talks on Sirk., Featurette-(25:23) Hudson Profile : Mainly using poor quality trailers., Theatrical Trailer-(02:39) Fair quality but LHS of image cropped at 1.33:1., Audio Commentary-Full Movie : Melbourne lecturer with OK comments on film., Audio Commentary-Feature length by John Flaus and Adrian Martin., Booklet-16 page with pics and essay by Dr Adrian Danks., Interviews-Cast-So Many Years (22:36) : Prod. 2008 w P.Crowley & G. Perreau., Featurette-Perspectives of An American Family (25:18): Allison Anders., Theatrical Trailer-(2:36) Original without graphics. 1.33:1 and some damage., Notes-Slick contains 500 words on life and films of Douglas Sirk., More…
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