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- Fully restored
- "The Making of Sunset Boulevard" (includes interviews with Nancy Olson, Ed Sikov, film critic Andrew Sarris, Paramount producer A.C. Lyles, and Glenn Close)
- Photo galleries
- Hollywood location map
- Script of the original morgue prologue
- "The Music of Sunset Boulevard" featurette
- "Edith Head: The Paramount Years" (documentary of the famed costume designer)
Top Customer Reviews
Sunset Boulevard is a film that will stay with me forever and one that's become a classic for one really good reason: It's a flawless production.
The documentary on the disc does a good job of demonstrating just how unique the tone of this story is, how it perfectly navigates between funny and sad. Not everyone in Hollywood saw the funny side when it was released, and it lost to ALL ABOUT EVE at that year's Oscars. So what? With this disc, SUNSET BOULEVARD is finally getting it's due.
Besides the documentary, you can read two screenplay drafts of an excised opening sequence, explore 1950's Hollywood with an interactive map and watch the film with audio commentary by a critic and historian. All these features are secondary, of course, to the movie. It looks gorgeous. The black and white picture is rich and crisp, the sound is re-mastered and the story is as compelling as ever. The special features only do what all good special features should do on a DVD. They add to the richness of the film. You may already know that Eric von Stroheim (who plays a character who directed Gloria Swanson's character in silent films) directed Gloria Swanson in silent films. But did you know that the drugstore where all the screenwriter's hang out in the movie is the drug store where F. Scott Fitzgerald had a heart attack in 1940? One of the reasons I love this movie is because it is so rich with Hollywood history.
I can't recommend this disc highly enough. Kudos to Columbia for doing right by a classic, a real film lover's film. I love this movie and I love this disc! 5/5 stars.
The image quality on this DVD is first-rate. The DVD case indicates that the film is presented in "full screen" format, which is somewhat misleading. It gives the false impression that the film has been "formatted" to fit a standard television. While the image does fit the screen without black bars on the top and bottom, the original aspect ratio of the film has been preserved. That is because it is not a "wide screen" film. Like most films of the period it was shot in standard 1.33:1 (or 4:3), which is the same aspect ratio as a standard television set, so cinema purists need not be alarmed. In other words, there is no annoying "pan and scan" of the image or parts of the frame cropped off to fill the television screen.
For those unfamiliar with the film, it is a scathing portrait of Hollywood and how it discards people when it is decided that they are no longer "useful." The casting of the film is inspired. It was if the parts were written for them. Gloria Swanson was indeed a faded silent film star, who had all but disappeared from the movies (although she was still active in the entertainment business). William Holden, while not a down-and-out screenwriter as depicted in the film, was a once promising young actor whose career was stagnating. Erich von Stroheim did in fact work in Hollywood as a director. Put this in the "art imitates life category": an excerpt of QUEEN KELLY, von Stroheim's ill-fated film starring Gloria Swanson appears in one scene. The cast also includes filmmaker Cecil B.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Recommended for anyone into the old movies. Don't miss this one!Published 2 days ago by Charles Shields
What superlatives can be lavished on this masterpiece that haven't already been used? Swanson gives one of the all-time best performances in film history and Holden is an ideal... Read morePublished 5 days ago by R OMeara
Sunset Boulevard Blu-Ray Extras
Sunset Boulevard Blu-Ray Extras
Commentary by Ed Sikov, author of On Sunset Blvd: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder
“Sunset... Read more
A lot of fun to see this old time black-and-white movie. The dialog was predictable in many cases, which added to the fun. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Doris E. Marshall
I just spent a few very happy hours watching the 'extras' on Disc 2 of this set. If you love this movie, or even just like it a lot, then this DVD is a great buy! Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mariposa
The story the characters and the ideals are all beautiful woven into a picture made from an era long gone. Yet it resented so much even today.Published 24 days ago by Ishmael
gloria swanson is great this just might be her greatest performancePublished 28 days ago by sampickett
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