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Laura (Fox Film Noir) (1944)

Gene Tierney , Dana Andrews , Otto Preminger , Rouben Mamoulian  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (411 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson
  • Directors: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian
  • Writers: Elizabeth Reinhardt, Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Black & White
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (411 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008LDNZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,862 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Laura (Fox Film Noir)" on IMDb

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Nominated for five Academy Awards®, this stylish mystery thriller twists and turns with new suspects, new evidence and unexpected revelations. A wealthy journalist (Clifton Webb) becomes entranced with a beautiful young career woman named Laura (Gene Tierney). But shortly before her wedding to a dashing young playboy (Vincent Price), she is found murdered. Stirred by her portrait, the detective (Dana Andrews) assigned to her case finds that he, too, is strangely under Laura's spell.

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338 of 348 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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183 of 194 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.
SIDENOTE:
***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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94 of 97 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Laura
I have seen this film many times growing up as kid into my older age now. The story of Laura is well made as the story is told on film. The acting is first rate. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ronald Brezenski
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film noir.
It's kind of cheesy but I loved it. Especially the clothes and hair of these women! Also the luxurious sets. I really got a kick out of Clifton Webb.
Published 7 days ago by Tracy Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
This is one of the best classic films of all times! I am happy to have it in my collection.
Published 10 days ago by Annonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Murder mystery
This movie is a classic! Gene Tierney is lovely, and Detective Dana Andrews is so handsome! Vincent Price is a playboy in this movie which is interesting to see too. It's great!
Published 10 days ago by Judy Flew's
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the golden age!
Superbly strong cast with Clifton Webb, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Vincent Price. They don't make these kind of movies anymore, unfortunately.
Published 12 days ago by Eric blessing
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I've watched this film at least twenty times and it never gets old. Of course there are many aspects which don't make sense but that doesn't diminish the glamor, savvy writing ,... Read more
Published 13 days ago by value shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I've always loved this movie. It was original for the time and for today as well. And Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney are great together.
Published 16 days ago by Michelle Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
This movie was made when classy films were made. No nudity, no vulgar language and no violence. But yet it's a great film - totally suspenseful with the ending a shocking... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Nona T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic mystery movie
This is one of the classic mystery movies, with a twist at the end. Even if you seen this before , it still fun to watch with Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney and Cliffton Web and... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Joyce P. Hooyboer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my all time favorite movies
I would give this movie 20 stars if I could. Every actor in this movie was perfect for their role.
Published 29 days ago by Geradine Dinardo
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