Product name: A Streetcar Named Desire (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2006)
Mentally unstable Blanche DuBois goes to New Orleans to stay with her sister, but ends up becoming a victim to the torments of her animalistic brother-in-law! Click here for more information!
Special features of this edition:
* Commentary by Karl Malden and film historians Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young
* Elia Kazan movie trailer gallery
* Feature-length documentary: Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey
* Movie and audio outtakes
* Marlon Brando screen test
* Five new documentaries: A Streetcar on Broadway, A Streetcar in Hollywood, Censorship and Desire, North and the Music of the South, and An Actor Named Brando
WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY:
Below is a summary of the feedback we gathered from the product's ACTUAL customers:
* Based on Tennessee William's Pulitzer prize- winning play of the same name, this is a classic movie, a true gem with first-rate performances from all the actors! Although initially Blanche plays the victim, it soon becomes apparent that her past is not so clean!
* It is a sublime movie filled with neurotic characters. Blanche's unstable nature stands in stark contrast with Stanley's brutish and suspicious character! The line "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers" clearly stands out as one of the most difficult lines to read!
* This is my favorite film. Vivien Leigh's Blanche dominates the screen with her manic and fragile nature! A wonderful film with superb performances!
* Although this film was considerably toned down to please the Hollywood censors, it still maintains its grit! The issues that Tennessee Williams covered in his play such as rape, domestic violence, nymphomania, mental illness, etc., are very much relevant even today! This movie deserves the status of a classic adaptation!
* This movie is charged with brilliant performances from greats such as Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. Add to that the direction of Elia Kazan and the musical score of Alex North, and you know what to expect - a first-rate classic!
* Vivian Leigh's portrayal of a faded southern belle is nothing short of a haunting and memorable performance! Brando's electrifying performance as the brutish Stanley Kowalski was what made him a star!
* The sultry passion of Tennessee William's play has been brilliantly rendered in this superb piece directed by Elia Kazan. I watched it for the first time more than a decade ago, and since then it has made me spellbound!
* I was totally bowled over by a very young's Brando's startling intensity in his portrayal of Stanley. Brando certainly deserved an Oscar for this!
* The film is amazing, but the quality of the DVD released by Warner Bros. is below-the-belt! Not only the transfer is below-par, they also don't give you any extras! Shame on Warner Bros for treating a classic movie like this!
* This is one of the best movies out there and quite a great bargain at this price. However, the DVD's print is somewhat grainy and the mono sound contains a "hiss".
* The movie is great, no doubt, but the sound and picture quality of this DVD are just terrible. I hope someday Blu-Ray releases a remastered version!
* The DVD transfer is so awful that it is shocking; the original DVD's transfer quality was much better. While the image of this DVD is a bit less grainy, the picture quality is also less sharp than the original!
* After watching this DVD, I realized how badly this movie is in need of a restoration. The movie is astonishing without a doubt, but the poor quality of the DVD and lack of any bonus features makes this DVD edition a little less than great!
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Well, by now I am sure you know how great the movie is! Although it is a toned-down version of the original play of Tennessee Williams (the same treatment was meted out to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, about which Williams was reportedly unhappy), it is still good, mainly because of the lead performances. Speaking of performances, I thought Kim Hunter was okay but Vivien Leigh: well she was too "fake" in this movie, way too prudish, but I think that is how she was supposed to be!
I admire Marlon Brando very much, and this was one of my early exposures to Brando's talent. If you felt a little sympathy even for an otherwise villainous character, it is solely due to Brando's performance!
Alex North's score is OKAY but nothing special. I like his 1960's movie scores much better!
The movie's soundtrack contains the following tracks:
1. Main Title
2. New Orleans Street
3. Belle Reve Reflections
4. Stan Meets Blanche
5. Blanche and Mitch
6. Star and Stella
8. Belle Reve
9. Birthday Party
14. Della Robia Blue
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Actors: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Rudy Bond
Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, DVD, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
Run Time: 122 minutes
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