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Sunrise [Blu-ray] (1927)

George O'Brien , Margaret Livingston , F.W. Murnau  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: George O'Brien, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing
  • Directors: F.W. Murnau
  • Format: Import, Black & White
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002J91V3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,248 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Import Blu-Ray/Region All pressing. The first silent film to be released on Blu-ray, F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Eureka Entertainment. The disc contains the film's Movietone version as well as the recently discovered Czech version. The special features include an audio commentary by ASC cinematographer John Bailey, a documentary about the history of F.W. Murnau's lost film 4-Devils and more. Based on Herman Sudermann's A Trip To Tilsit, F.W Murnau's Sunrise is one of the most lavish silent films Fox produced. It was also the studio's first ever film to have a recorded score. Nowadays, it is consistently referred to as one of the greatest films of all time. Please note a DVD is also included in this Blu-Ray pressing but is PAL/Region 2 and not playable on US players. The Blu-Ray is fully playable however on all US BR players.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
In 1927, German film director F.W. Murnau (known for his role in German Expressionism) was invited by William Fox to make an Expressionist film for Hollywood and in return, Murnau created a film that would simply become a true classic and a true masterpiece with "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans".

The film is highly regarded as a masterpiece and is featured in the American Film Institute's "100 Movies List of Great Films" (#82) and the British Film Institute's critic's poll as the seventh best film in motion pictures. The film won an Academy Award for "Unique and Artistic Production" at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 (including "Best Actress in a Leading Role" for Janet Gaynor and "Best Cinematography" for Charles Rosher and Karl Struss) and was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Although the film was highly regarded then and now, the film was not a success at the box office because of its creative and artistic interpretation while critics were calling it a true masterpiece.

"Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" was the first film with a soundtrack of music and sound effects utilizing Fox's Movietone souund-on-film system and for its creative and artistic style, the use of groundbreaking cinematography during that time would influence many filmmakers and even has been referred to as the "Citizen Kane" of American silent cinema.

Despite the original negative for the film being destroyed in 1937 due to a major nitrate fire (nearly 80-90% of Hollywood's silent films by Fox Film Corporation's created between 1910-1920's were destroyed) at Fox's storage facility in New Jersey.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best artistic film of 1927 is still worth watching November 7, 2009
From the press release:

This new 2009 reissue of Sunrise (for the first time anywhere in the world in 1080p HD on Blu-ray, in addition to a newly mastered 2 x DVD set) contains two versions of the film: the previously released Movietone version, and an alternate silent version of the film recently discovered in the Czech Republic, which is of a higher visual quality than any other known source. The Blu-ray edition includes both versions in 1080p HD. Czech archive of a higher visual quality than any other known source. Supplements include:

1. Restored high-definition transfers of two different versions: the American Movietone version, and the silent Czech version Original English intertitles on the Movietone version, and optional English subtitles on the silent Czech version
2. Original Movietone score (mono) and alternate Olympic Chamber Orchestra score (stereo)
3. Full-length audio commentary by ASC cinematographer John Bailey on the Movietone version
4. Outtakes with either John Bailey commentary or intertitles
5. Murnau's 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film - Janet Bergstrom's updated 40 minute documentary about the lost Murnau film
6. Original theatrical trailer
7. Original 'photoplay' script by Carl Mayer with Murnau's handwritten annotations (150 pages in pdf format)
8. 68 page illustrated booklet with numerous essays including a new reprint of a piece by Dudley Andrew

End of press release.

There is nothing special about the story behind this movie. A farmer (George O'Brien) is attracted by a vamp from the City (Margaret Livingston) who seduces him and has gradually had him selling his farm off piece by piece to provide presents for her.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence is Golden January 21, 2010
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Pure visual poetry. No serious movie-lover or historian should be without this disc. It is Region Free and so will play anywhere. It is also a new scan, since MoC felt that the 2005 scan wouldn't be good enough for a 2009 Blu-ray release (hear that, Criterion?), and it's gorgeous. The only real digital work that has been done is to stabilize the frame and even out the flicker, something that nearly drove me mad about the 2005 DVD release (but only after repeated viewings). Everything else is here, scratches, an occassional missing frame or two, film grain (thank god!) so the result is like watching a screening of a very good print. Sunrise, like Murnau's other monumental classic, Nosferatu, suffered a fragile and dangerous history, but has survived nonetheless. In typical Murnau fashion, the first half of the story is a brooding thriller, then it moves, quite logically, into a romantic comedy, then turns to tragedy. Murnau liked to cover the whole spectrum in his films, mixing laughter with tears.

A beautiful, mesmerizing visual poem. Get it, and help bring this kind of filmmaking back to life.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful which version you buy! June 25, 2010
Amazon has many versions of Sunrise, I was looking at the imported Korean version because it came up with my search for it in Blu-ray. It even had reviews that referred to a Blu-ray version.

But upon a more thorough investigation, I found out that the imported Korean version is only the regular DVD Version - not the Blu-ray. If I had purchased it, I would have been very, very displeased.

This is something that Amazon has been doing a lot of lately - mismatching reviews - one has to be careful.

my two cents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WAY ahead of its time!
Silent does NOT mean sleeper! This is a great film and a silent classic.
Published 13 days ago by Aviva Sheckett
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Silent Great Now Restored and On Blu Ray!
This is by far my favourite F W Murnau film and certainly ranks among my top 5 silent favourites as well. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Frederick Baptist
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as described
Published 1 month ago by Issac
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE! DON'T BUY!
Wasn't the right "sunrise". It was all coded in Japan and wouldn't even play! there was no option for a english version on the disc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars The original "A Place in the Sun "
Didn't know what to expect when I borrowed this blu-ray movie from the library. I didn't want to know what it was about before viewing. I wanted that way. Totally unbiased. Read more
Published 2 months ago by HTV
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting piece of film history
My husband needed this movie for a film class. It was ok, and kept our attention. The story-line was a little darker than we expected, but overall it was interesting and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great silent movie and what a surprise to find that you had it.
I saw this movie on Turner Classic and liked it. I thought I would not be able to find because of the problems of restoring it. Fortunately you had it.
Published 7 months ago by Frances J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Extraordinary
This is a beautiful film about betrayal and tragedy, forgiveness and reconciliation in a marriage that actually becomes stronger through its testing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story; Told Flawlessly
What makes for a cinematic masterpiece?
*An evocative story told with layers of meaning and a strong message.

*Cinematography that lends atmosphere. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Yosemite Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars The U.S. Blu-Ray / DVD Release Of SUNRISE Is Cause For Celebration.
Is SUNRISE the greatest silent film ever made? Many polls consider it so but to me comparing it with a handful of other silents such as NAPOLEON or BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN or GREED... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
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