Warner Archive: Gaslight (1944) on Blu-ray

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GASLIGHT(1944)

Run Time 114:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 4 X 3 FULL FRAME, ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO – 1.37:1
Product Color BLACK & WHITE
Disc Configuration BD 50
Special Features: Original 1940 British Version (SD) and 1946 Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast starring Bergman and Boyer ; Reflections on Gaslight (featuring Angela Lansbury)-a Reminiscence by Pia Lindstrom About Her Mother, Ingrid Bergman; 1944 Academy Award® Ceremonies Newsreel; Theatrical Trailer (HD)

Lights flicker and dim. Footsteps sound from a sealed-off attic. Mysterious events only vulnerable young Paula sees and hears make her fear she’s losing her mind — exactly what treacherous spouse Gregory hopes. Directed by George Cukor, Gaslight shines as a superb exercise in suspense. Ingrid Bergman won her first Academy Award®* as Paula, doubting her sanity while clinging to it. Fellow Oscar® nominee Charles Boyer skillfully plays against type as smoothly evil Gregory. Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty and an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her movie debut (also capturing an Oscar® nomination) help make the Victorian era vividly realized through production design that earned an Academy Award®.

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  1. Yes!!!!!! I just finished watching Under Capricorn and couldn’t help wondering why Gaslight was not on bluray (I thought Warner Archives was going to release right after The Picture of Dorian Gray – don’t ask
    me why, but I always associate the two movies). Well, as soon as I was finished with the movie, I enter facebook and voila, what a wonderful surprise!!! Cannot wait to have this one in my hands!

  2. Here's a chance for all those complaining about no 30's or 40's classics being released by WAC to prove to WAC that these titles will sell. If you want more of these released don't wait for a 4 for $44 sale. Those "schlock b movies" sell on release date as they have a big cult following that buy them.

  3. Very happy about this release. And yet, the superior 1940 version is only available in SD on this disk. For an HD transfer one must go to the UK and get their wonderful release. Missed opportunity for Zone A!

  4. I love these monthly same day announcement that I flip back and forth checking to see what is announced, so much so that I put this comment in the Corvette Summer thread

    Oh I just knew Gaslight would be released on bluray. The film may be 75 years old but the theme has once again become so very…contemporary. Above all, it is still a suspenseful film with terrific performances.

  5. bujaki

    Very happy about this release. And yet, the superior 1940 version is only available in SD on this disk. For an HD transfer one must go to the UK and get their wonderful release. Missed opportunity for Zone A!

    Actually I would have thought that this one in the 1940 version both would have been turned over to Criterion and been released as a double feature. As is I'm ecstatic about this and drooling at the Prospect and no I will not wait for a 4 for $44 this is pre-ordered as soon as it goes live thank you WAC

  6. Dick

    I'd recommend the 1940 British version of this story any day over this overly-slick Hollywood edition.

    Again, we'll have to differ, Dick. I like the 1940 version quite a bit but I still find the 1944 version superior. Mostly because of Ingrid Bergman's superb performance which was justifiably honored with an Oscar. Diana Wynard in the 1940 version is fine but she doesn't plumb the psychological depths of Bergman's unraveling wife. Plus Angela Lansbury's saucy maid has it all over her 1940 counterpart Catherine Cordell. Plus the 1944 version is dripping with atmosphere and a true sense of dread which the 1940 lacks.

  7. Very glad about this announcement, not only for the film itself but perhaps it will at least keep the Warner Archives blu ray complainers quiet for awhile (though I doubt it :)). Okay, Warners, you've done your duty, now bring on the horror/sci-fi/peplum pulp!

  8. Thomas T

    Again, we'll have to differ, Dick. I like the 1940 version quite a bit but I still find the 1944 version superior. Mostly because of Ingrid Bergman's superb performance which was justifiably honored with an Oscar. Diana Wynard in the 1940 version is fine but she doesn't plumb the psychological depths of Bergman's unraveling wife. Plus Angela Lansbury's saucy maid has it all over her 1940 counterpart Catherine Cordell. Plus the 1944 version is dripping with atmosphere and a true sense of dread which the 1940 lacks.

    Anton Walbrook. Now that's a villain! I vote with Dick. The Dickinson version is tighter, missing the comedy relief of Dame May, and the "romantic" angle of Cotten. However, I agree with you about Lansbury. I admire both performances by the leading actresses, but I'll take Walbrook over Boyer.

  9. Thomas T

    Very glad about this announcement, not only for the film itself but perhaps it will at least keep the Warner Archives blu ray complainers quiet for awhile (though I doubt it :)).

    Ah, but what would you do with yourself if you couldn't complain about the complainers? You'd lose your favourite pastime! 😉

  10. Well, since everyone is putting in their two cents worth, guess I'll toss mine in as well. In general, I prefer the British version, which I already have on Region B Blu. Though I love Cukor, I think the British version is better directed; tauter with a feeling of dread just under the surface of things. It's not as grand as the MGM, everything is a bit seedy and stifling, and that is closer to the play, which I saw as a 12 year old and fell in love with. Some of you may scream, but I find Ingrid Bergman much too over the top. Yes, it's virtuoso acting, but it's clear she's acting. It's all too theatrical, and not especially believable in terms of the character she's supposed to be playing. I don't believe Ingrid Bergman has ever really seen hard times as she flys off the handle too easily. Diana Wynard, on the other hand, plays it much closer to the bone. There's a shrouded silence and sense of quiet desperation about her performance that I find believable. She's someone I could imagine meeting in the street. Yes, there's a fanciful theatricality about the Cukor that's entertaining, but it's not what I would call good. Now Joseph Ruttenberg's photography, on the other hand, is sublime, which is why I'll be getting the WB Blu immediately. I don't know that I need to mention that Boyer doesn't hold a candle to Walbrook, plus the plot is changed a bit in the MGM, so all that running around Boyer does in the middle of the night seems less plausible for me.

    It's a high point for MGM in the 40's, and irresistible eye-candy, but I prefer to watch the British
    version. Still, I can't wait to get my hands on the WB Blu!

  11. To me it looks exactly the opposite. In that photo Ms. Bergman looks uncomfortable and fake, which is very unusual for her. Ms. Wynard, on the other hand, is magnificent. One sees what one sees.

  12. While I haven't seen this one yet, it's going to be a day 1 purchase, especially to help convince WAC that pre-1954 titles sell (I just don't think I'll be buying it from Amazon, considering how many issues they are having with WAC's new releases).

  13. Trancas

    I like my eye candy.
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    Diana Wynard's face is a painted mask.
    Ingrid Bergman is just breathtakingly real.

    Has there ever been a major star that had vulnerability in spades more than Ingrid Bergman? I don't want to knock Wynyard because I think she did fine but she has that starchy British quality that's the opposite of vulnerability. Bergman's wife is driven to near madness, Wynyard's wife just seems confused.

  14. Thomas T

    Again, we'll have to differ, Dick. I like the 1940 version quite a bit but I still find the 1944 version superior. Mostly because of Ingrid Bergman's superb performance which was justifiably honored with an Oscar. Diana Wynard in the 1940 version is fine but she doesn't plumb the psychological depths of Bergman's unraveling wife. Plus Angela Lansbury's saucy maid has it all over her 1940 counterpart Catherine Cordell. Plus the 1944 version is dripping with atmosphere and a true sense of dread which the 1940 lacks.

    No problem about disagreement. This is, after all, a forum for everyone. I am going to buy this WAC release because of Cukor and the photography, but I steadfastly adhere to my view that the two leads are simply not up to those of the 1940 version. I do agree with you about Angela Lansbury, though.

  15. I do prefer the 1940 film and I have the splendid Zone B Blu-ray disc. However, I also enjoy the Cukor remake and I'm a big admirer of both Charles Boyer and Angela Lansbury so yet another Warner Archive Blu-ray disc will join my collection. (I watched Charles Boyer yesterday in Madame De)

  16. bujaki

    Very happy about this release. And yet, the superior 1940 version is only available in SD on this disk. For an HD transfer one must go to the UK and get their wonderful release. Missed opportunity for Zone A!

    There's a 720p version on YouTube of the 1940 movie and it looks better than the old SD version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYmtzaHwCKo

    Diana Wynyard is really exceptional in this. A very well judged performance that contrasts nicely with Anton Wallbrook's husband from hell.

    And speaking of Anton Wallbrook…doesn't he have a certain resemblance to Bill Murray at times?
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  17. The reason "schlock" films have been getting released more frequently is because…they sell !! – this is 100% true 🙂 and I hope more get released, I'm sure Attack of the 50 Foot Woman will get a Blu ray release at some point
    Im also a fan of 30s and 40s films and Gaslight is a welcome addition to my Blu-ray family. One more snapper case DVD gone ! :dancing-banana-04::emoji_alien::emoji_dvd::emoji_heavy_check_mark:

  18. Thomas T

    Very glad about this announcement, not only for the film itself but perhaps it will at least keep the Warner Archives blu ray complainers quiet for awhile (though I doubt it :)). […]

    I, myself, have never been one of the complainers.
    As a matter of fact, I was thrilled to no end when WAC released "Starsky & Hutch".
    To my mind, it remains a misunderstood masterpiece and director Todd Phillips should receive a Knighthood.:roll:

    Now, onto the topic of "Gaslight".
    Long overdue. And it'll be worth every full-priced penny.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  19. Randy Korstick

    Here's a chance for all those complaining about no 30's or 40's classics being released by WAC to prove to WAC that these titles will sell. If you want more of these released don't wait for a 4 for $44 sale. Those "schlock b movies" sell on release date as they have a big cult following that buy them.

    I would happily do that, but WAC doesn’t see sales from Amazon, only their site… that doesn’t ship to Canada. :/

  20. Astairefan

    While I haven't seen this one yet, it's going to be a day 1 purchase, especially to help convince WAC that pre-1954 titles sell (I just don't think I'll be buying it from Amazon, considering how many issues they are having with WAC's new releases).

    And Warner’s doesn’t see sales from any site other than their own, so THATS the
    Place to mass buy it.

  21. battlebeast

    And Warner’s doesn’t see sales from any site other than their own, so THATS the
    Place to mass buy it.

    I don't disagree, as that was my plan (and to grab Summer Stock along with it). My comment was more that we shouldn't buy it from Amazon at the moment, as they just aren't getting in the WAC releases (I'm still waiting for them to get The Glass Bottom Boat, which I ordered around release day).

  22. Astairefan

    I don't disagree, as that was my plan (and to grab Summer Stock along with it). My comment was more that we shouldn't buy it from Amazon at the moment, as they just aren't getting in the WAC releases (I'm still waiting for them to get The Glass Bottom Boat, which I ordered around release day).

    Try MOVIES UNLIMITED, if you can. They’ve always been good about having Releases quickly in stock.

  23. Astairefan

    I don't disagree, as that was my plan (and to grab Summer Stock along with it). My comment was more that we shouldn't buy it from Amazon at the moment, as they just aren't getting in the WAC releases (I'm still waiting for them to get The Glass Bottom Boat, which I ordered around release day).

    I ordered "The Glass Bottom Boat" from Deep Discount on Tuesday afternoon and received it today in the mail.

  24. i recently watched Ingrid in a tv production of 'Hedda Gabler' on youtube and was blown

    away by her multi-layered performance….. the lady IS a

    brilliant actress, one of the best. They don't make them like that anymore

  25. marcco00

    i recently watched Ingrid in a tv production of 'Hedda Gabler' on youtube and was blown

    away by her multi-layered performance….. the lady IS a

    brilliant actress, one of the best. They don't make them like that anymore

    And I saw her twice on stage on B'way. Lucky me!

  26. PMF

    My bet is that you saw Ingrid Bergman in the 1975 production of "The Constant Wife". Would I be correct?

    Yes, that and Captain Brassbound's Conversion. Both on the evenings of 24 April of 1972 and 1975: my 22nd and 25th birthdays. She always thought of me on my birthday.:D

  27. For fans of cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg this release of "Gaslight" is significant.
    For those not familiar, Mr. Ruttenberg shares a record of 4 Oscar wins with DP Leon Shamroy.
    Oddly, though, there are far more of Mr. Shamroy's works available on BD than that of Mr. Ruttenberg.
    To my mind, it's time to even up the score and only WAC can do it.

    The Ruttenberg Oscar Score Card: 4 wins out of 10 nominations.
    2 of the winners – "Mrs. Miniver" and "Gigi" – are available on BD.
    1 of the nominations – "Gaslight" is up at bat and a hopeful sign of more WAC runs to come.

    Here are the remaining Joseph Ruttenberg wins and nominations awaiting a BD release:

    The Great Waltz (1938) – WIN
    Waterloo Bridge (1940) – Nomination
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) – Nomination
    Madame Curie (1943) – Nomination
    Julius Caesar (1951) – Nomination

    Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) – WIN
    BUtterfield 8 (1960) – Nomination

  28. PMF

    Butterfield 8 (1960) – Nomination

    I'd buy just about all of the titles you mentioned, but have been keeping my fingers crossed for BUtterfield 8. It would be nice to have both of Elizabeth's Oscar winning roles on Blu-ray.

  29. I'm in for BUtterfield 8, Julius Caesar and Madame Curie. I'd love Warners to release their Best Picture winners, too: Ziegfeld, Emile Zola, and Broadway Melody. Although the latter may be in need of a full restoration.

  30. battlebeast

    I'm in for BUtterfield 8, […]

    Andrew Budgell

    […]It would be nice to have both of Elizabeth's Oscar winning roles on Blu-ray.

    O Canada, what is it with your affinities towards Elizabeth Taylor?
    Okay, BUtterfield 8 for me, too; after all, I'm part Canadian, as well.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  31. PMF

    O Canada, what is it with your affinities towards Elizabeth Taylor?
    Okay, BUtterfield 8 for me, too; after all, I'm part Canadian, as well.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    I collect Best Actress winners, among others. And we DO have great taste!

  32. Thomas T

    Again, we'll have to differ, Dick. I like the 1940 version quite a bit but I still find the 1944 version superior. Mostly because of Ingrid Bergman's superb performance which was justifiably honored with an Oscar. Diana Wynard in the 1940 version is fine but she doesn't plumb the psychological depths of Bergman's unraveling wife. Plus Angela Lansbury's saucy maid has it all over her 1940 counterpart Catherine Cordell. Plus the 1944 version is dripping with atmosphere and a true sense of dread which the 1940 lacks.

    Ditto on everything you said, Thomas. Yes, I always found it extremely odd that the 40 version lacked that fog-laden atmosphere, considering it was made in England where pea-soup fogs were well known. MGM's production design on the 44 remake is head and shoulders above here, and Bergman and Lansbury make this an exhilarating thriller. I also adore Barbara Everest as the 'hard of hearing' cook, Elizabeth. After Boyer deliberate goads Bergman into one of her many frantic breakdowns, he turns to Everest's Liz and says with a distinct note of tinny disdain, "You see how it is, Elizabeth" to which she coolly admits with double entendre, "Yes sir, I see 'exactly' how it is!" Great moment! Bone-chilling performances.

  33. battlebeast

    And Warner’s doesn’t see sales from any site other than their own, so THATS the
    Place to mass buy it.

    Was this ever concretely established? I mean, I bought many copies of the first Popeye Blu-ray from WB Shop, but on a week to week basis I usually WAC titles from Best Buy, since they are usually pretty good about getting them to me on release date–case in point, I was late ordering the two Shaft sequels (as in 5:00 p.m. last Friday) and they are coming from UPS tomorrow.

    I am beyond thrilled to have Gaslight coming and would be more than happy to purchase many copies from WB Shop again (along with my copies of most everything else for June), but on balance I'd prefer to order from Best Buy, unless sales at WB Shop really do "count for more" than sales elsewhere.

  34. McCrutchy

    Was this ever concretely established? I mean, I bought many copies of the first Popeye Blu-ray from WB Shop, but on a week to week basis I usually WAC titles from Best Buy, since they are usually pretty good about getting them to me on release date–case in point, I was late ordering the two Shaft sequels (as in 5:00 p.m. last Friday) and they are coming from UPS tomorrow.

    I am beyond thrilled to have Gaslight coming and would be more than happy to purchase many copies from WB Shop again (along with my copies of most everything else for June), but on balance I'd prefer to order from Best Buy, unless sales at WB Shop really do "count for more" than sales elsewhere.

    WAC doesn't see the sales figures from Best Buy… only from it's own website. And that would be the best place to mass buy from.

  35. That doesn’t quite make sense… WAC is still manufacturing the discs and sending them to distributors for retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. These distributors will return unsold inventory to WAC, or will order more copies if their inventory sells out. WAC might not find out instantly how many copies Amazon sold on a specific date, but they’ll of course find out in the shorter term how the title is selling and in the longer term how many units in total have sold.

  36. Josh Steinberg

    That doesn’t quite make sense… WAC is still manufacturing the discs and sending them to distributors for retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. These distributors will return unsold inventory to WAC, or will order more copies if their inventory sells out. WAC might not find out instantly how many copies Amazon sold on a specific date, but they’ll of course find out in the shorter term how the title is selling and in the longer term how many units in total have sold.

    Several years ago the fandom of GARGOYLES was to mass buy copies of season 2 vol. 1 from a single source as it was easier for Disney to see the sales results.

    The same should hold true for WAC.

  37. warnerbro

    They're offering the far superior British version on the same disc, but it is only in SD! They need to rethink this very quickly.

    Like many others on this forum, I do not think that the 1940 British version is superior in any way. Anton Walbrook is better that Charles Boyer? No way. I don't even recall the name of the actor who played the police inspector but I always remember Joseph Cotten's charming performance in the MGM version. Ditto with the non-entity who played the maid vs. the incredibly assured Angela Lansbury (her first film!). As for Ingrid Bergman and Diana Wynyard – again no comparison. A parochial English leading lady vs. one of the all-time great film stars (and film actresses).

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  39. AnthonyClarke

    I watched the 1940 version again last night … for me, it is the stronger of the two. But I enjoy both and I couldn't pass by anything featuring the luminous beauty of Ingrid Bergman!

    Well put. Agree on both points. Or is it three?

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