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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.Read more ›
A beautiful, mesmerizing visual poem. Get it, and help bring this kind of filmmaking back to life.
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
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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.Read more ›
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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I was very disappointed in the film after seeing it on a list of the 10 best films ever. Loved Janet Gaynor but found the film interminable.Published 5 months ago by Louella
One of the best films ever made. It is visually unique and deeply moving. One of a kind - nothing like it.Published 5 months ago by James McKenna
Too expensive. There were other option for vying this movie at a lower price.Published 9 months ago by David
This is a stunning and absolutely essential Masters of Cinema release of F. W. Murnau's iconic silent masterpiece Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927). No. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Film Buff
As a relatively new fan of old classic and silent films, I found "Sunrise" to be among the best. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Melanie B.