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Laura [Blu-ray] (1944)

Gene Tierney , Dana Andrews , Otto Preminger  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (566 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Vincent Price, Clifton Webb, Judith Anderson
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (566 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AF4OTM6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This gripping and lushly photographed film noir, one of the most acclaimed mystery thrillers of all time, is a must-own classic on Blu-rayT. Jealousy, passion and blackmail surround the murder investigation of the stunning Laura (Gene Tierney), leading to one of the most surprising twists the screen has ever seen.

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354 of 365 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Mom and Dad December 29, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
About 30 years ago, my parents , who sadly are both gone now, recommended Otto Preminger's "Laura" to me. At that time, I had only seen the notoriously bad made-for-TV version starring Lee Radziwill(!) and George Sanders. When I saw the 1944 version, I was hooked. "Laura" is one of those perfect films that draws you in every time. Now when I mean "perfect", that doesn't necessarily mean believable. "Laura" is an elegant, film noir fairy tale. I'm not really sure that Laura would end up with a rough-edged detective, but who cares? That's the magic of movies! The fact that you believe it while you're watching it is what counts. If you DON'T believe it WHILE you're watching it, that's when the trouble starts! But back to "Laura". The film is elegantly photographed, with sets that I wish I could live in. Then take a top-notch cast that features a drop-dead beautiful Gene Tierney, the acidic Clifton Webb (in an incredible screen debut), the tough/sexy Dana Andrews, and the elegant and deadly duo of Vincent Price and Judith Anderson, give them a sharp-as-a-poisoned stiletto script, and watch what happens! "Laura" is a tight, smart murder/mystery with some VERY dark undertones-the effects of beauty and desire on a frustrated and twisted psyche, the destructive and venal thoughts hidden behind a veneer of sophistication and wit, and a man's growing obsession with a (presumably) dead woman are just some of the dark forces at work here. The cherry on the sundae of this toxic dessert is David Raksin's score which, of course, introduced the world to the bittersweet theme song for "Laura." I was never a fan of the Johnny Mercer lyrics for this song-it was, to me, like tacking an instruction booklet onto the Mona Lisa. Read more ›
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film noir comes to DVD in deluxe edition March 2, 2005
Format:DVD
A film noir classic comes to DVD for the first time packed full of more extras than expected, "Laura" tells the story of a society beauty (Gene Tierney in a career defining performance) murdered for no apparent reason. Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews in a hardboiled strong performance) investigates her murder questioning the men in her life beginning with a witty critic Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb in a deliciously droll performance and in a major come back) and playboy Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price). Seen in flashback, we discover Laura's background and how she rises from the middle class to world class society beauty with the assistance of those men in her life. Things take a surprising twist when McPherson meets the very woman who was murdered as the audience must figure out what's really going on. A marvelous suspense thriller with elements of film noir, "Laura" continues to be haunting sixty years on.

A nicely detailed transfer with rich blacks and a nicely detailed picture, Fox has done a very good of job transferring this classic to DVD. The DVD has some minor analog blemishes in the form of dirt and there's noticeable grain due to the stock of the film used to shoot the movie and how far removed the film is from the original nitrate negative (like most films from the era, the negative probably doesn't exist any longer although there's no information on the restoration here). The mono sound has nice presence with slight problems with hiss and other analog imperfections but, on the whole, it sounds superior to the previous releases on VHS and laserdisc.

We get the A&E Biography programs on Price featuring interviews with Price biographer Lucy Price Williams, Price's daughter, friends and film co-workers.
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188 of 201 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the music alone! August 26, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The theme from "Laura" is one of the most haunting ever written, by David Raksin, relatively unknown, but forever memorialized through this melody. Gene Tierney is at her peak of beauty, and she really is breathtaking in the most literal sense of the word. When I grew up this was always one of my favorite movies, and then when I re-discovered this movie as an adult, I was always mesmerized by her and by the entire cast, the score and the story, all prime examples of how great film noir can be when it's done with this amount of style and class.
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***I was not aware until recently of her tragic encounter with a female Marine at a Hollywood Canteen, during WW2. Apparently this Marine was hospitalized for German Measles, and she sneaked out of the hospital to meet her favorite movie star. She had her picture taken with GT, who was pregnant at the time, and also KISSED her, which resulted in her baby daughter being born with severe mental retardation. When Daria (the daughter) was four years old she was insititutionalized. GT met the woman one year later and found out how she had contracted German Measles, but did not mention the tragic consequences of the woman's actions for reasons unknown.***
What sets this particular movie apart from the rest of the genre, is it's cast and it's tasteful telling of the story, which includes the creme de la creme of New York society, played to the hilt by the cast. One of my chief joys in watching this movie, is the scene of Clifton Webb (as the acerbic critic, Waldo Lydecker) sitting in his enormous black bathtub(!) typing furiously, and relishing the power he has by virtue of his position as a critic. He takes savage pleasure in denigrating anyone who displeases him, either by their lack of talent or because of his own personal dislike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Picture
Published 13 hours ago by Robert J Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A VERY GOOD MOVIE!! I'D RECAMMEND IT TO EVERYONE,WHO LIKES SUSPENSE,MYSTERY,AND,BLACK AND WHITE MOVIES OF THE 1940'S.
Published 23 hours ago by Patricia Swiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Film classic that is a must-see.
One of my favorite movies. Lovely Gene Tierney, creepy Clifton Webb, edgy Dana Andrews, and Vincent Price as a smarmy catch. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Go Wrong
Classic movie. Film "noir" at its best. Story plot has wonderful twist. The cast is wonderful - Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price is superb , one of Clifton... Read more
Published 4 days ago by B. D. Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best mysteries ever done.
Published 4 days ago by gloria kovelsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gift for friend - his favorite movie.
Published 6 days ago by S. D. Stubblebine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic movie.
Published 6 days ago by James C. Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely classic
Published 10 days ago by Angelique M McNiff
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect example of the the Film Noir genre.
I could watch this picture over and over again. This DVD is a really good print and it contains very interesting special features. Read more
Published 11 days ago by JOHN GAYFORD
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie
Laura is a classic. If you enjoy the old mystery movies you will enjoy this one.
Published 11 days ago by William D. Starr
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