Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sunrise

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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F.W. Murnau's 1927 classic Sunrise makes its Blu-ray debut.

F.W. Murnau’s (Nosferatu) landmark 1927 drama-romance Sunrise earned Oscars at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 for the being the most “Unique and Artistic Picture,”  for Best Actress (Janet Gaynor), and for Best Cinematography (Charles Rosher and Kark Struss).

The silent film classic concerns a farmer (George O’Brien) who plots to drown his wife (Gaynor) so that he can be with a seductive city woman (Margtaret Livingston. After being unable to carry out the crime, he finds his relationship put to the ultimate test by a life-threatening rainstorm.

Sunrise used the groundbreaking Fox Movietone sound system, making it one of the first studio films with a true soundtrack, featuring music and sound effects.

Fox’s new release of the title represents its Blu-ray debut.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack contains the following features:

-Original Fox Movietone Version and European Silent Version
-Commentary by ASC Cinematographer John Bailey
-Outtakes with Commentary by John Bailey
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Original Scenario by Carl Mayer with Annotations by F.W. Murnau
-Original Sunrise Screenplay
-Restoration Notes


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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.