Blu-ray Release: The Member of the Wedding

Blu-ray Release Date: June 14, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Über-producer Stanley Kramer (Judgment at Nuremberg) and sterling director Fred Zinnemann (A Man for All Seasons) bring us the 1952 drama The Member of the Wedding, a sensitive film version of Carson McCullers’ Broadway play, adapted from her own novel.

Julie Harris and Ethel Waters in The Member of the Wedding

Julie Harris and Ethel Waters in The Member of the Wedding

Julie Harris – who created the role of yearning adolescent tomboy, Frankie, on the stage – is joined here by fellow original cast members Ethel Waters, as the mother figure Berenice, and Brandon de Wilde, as a mischievous young cousin, John Henry.

Cinematography is by the great Hal Mohr (Rancho Notorious) and the extraordinary score – available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track – is by legendary composer Alex North.

Special features include the following:
-Isolated Score Track
-Audio Commentary with singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, and film historians Derek Botelho and David Del Valle
-Audio Commentary with Carson McCullers biographer Virginia Spencer Carr
-The World of Carson McCullers
-The Journey from Stage to Film
-Introduction by Karen Kramer
-Original Theatrical Trailer

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to head over to the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives NOW so you can put in your prebook order!

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.