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COMING IN JANUARY 2022!
Newly remastered for Blu-ray from a 4K Scan of the original nitrate camera negative!

STAGE FRIGHT (1950)

BD-50
110 Minutes
B&W
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
16x9 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio (with Side Mattes)
Special Features: Featurette: "Hitchcock and Stage Fright"; Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)

In Alfred Hitchcock’s world, theaters are where danger stalks the wings, characters are not what they seem, and that “final curtain” can drop any second. The droll Stage Fright springs from that entertaining tradition. Jane Wyman plays drama student Eve Gill, who tries to clear a friend (Richard Todd) being framed for murder by becoming the maid of flamboyant stage star Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). Filming in his native England, Hitchcock merrily juggles elements of humor and whodunit and puts a game ensemble (Alistair Sim, Sybil Thorndike, Joyce Grenfell, Kay Walsh and daughter Patricia Hitchcock) through its paces. No one turns a theatre into a bastion of dread like Hitchcock, and Stage Fright is proof positive. (Pictured below, Hitchcock in a rare behind-the-scenes photo with stars Marlene Dietrich and Jane Wyman)

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Would this complete Hitch's complete output of his U.S. productions on BD?

I’m not 100% sure but if not it would be darn close. I think that’s the last remaining one that Warner has rights to.
 

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Spellbound is technically out of print. Not sure whatever happened to the alleged Criterion release…
 

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Would this complete Hitch's complete output of his U.S. productions on BD?
I’m not 100% sure but if not it would be darn close. I think that’s the last remaining one that Warner has rights to.
Mr & Mrs. Smith would be the last full length American film not released on Blu-ray.
 

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Really happy about this announcement. Unlike many folks, I really like Stage Fright and find it one of his most effective films of this period (a decided LEAP in quality over his previous film Under Capricorn). Jane Wyman is the weak link; just an average performance from her surrounded by really interesting work from her co-stars, and Dietrich walks away with the picture.
 

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"Newly remastered for Blu-ray from a 4K Scan of the original nitrate camera negative!"

This is great news. I was wondering if the OCN existed for Stage Fright. It should look fantastic. According to a bio of Hitchcock I once read, Dietrich took charge of her own make-up and even lighting. On set people wondered if Hitchcock would put up with that, but he completely deferred to Dietrich as a master of what she was doing. One of the final shots of her taken from above in extreme close-up, with smoke swirling from her cigarette and her eyes doing something I can't even describe, is haunting.

I laugh every time when Charlotte Inwood says: "Oh, darling, don't confide in me. Pour some tea will you."

and

"Stop acting like a silly school girl! The only murderer here is the Orchestra Leader."

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