Blu-ray Release: A Streetcar Named Desire

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Warner Home Video

A Streetcar Named DesireThe high-definition debut of four-time Oscar winner A Streetcar Named Desire is a Blu-ray Book of the film’s original restored version.

The 1951 classic film, starring Vivien Leigh (Gone With the Wind) and Marlon Brando (The Godfather), is based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams.

In the drama movie, Leigh plays Blanche DuBois, who moves in with her sister Stella (Kim Hunter, Planet of the Apes) and her brutish husband Stanley (Brando). Stanley torments Blanche, especially when one of his friends (Karl Malden, The Cincinnati Kid) is attracted to her.

Nominated for a whopping 12 Academy Awards, A Streetcar Named Desire won statues for supporting actor Malden, supporting actress Hunter, leading actress Leigh and art direction. Although Brando didn’t win for his role, his performance is considered one of his best.

Rated PG, the movie was directed by Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront) and included in the Elia Kazan Film Collection DVD set.

The A Streetcar Named Desire Blu-ray Book includes the version of the movie early viewers would have seen if Legion of Decency censorship hadn’t stepped in. It contains three minutes of previously unreleased footage underscoring the sexual tension between Blanche and Stanley and Stella’s passion for her husband.

And, of course, as a Blu-ray Book, the package comes with pictures and more information about the movie on the pages.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.