Blu-ray, DVD Release: Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 5, 2017
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

The classic 1948 drama-romance film Letter From an Unknown Woman comes from the great German-born filmmaker-gone-Hollywood Max Ophüls (Lola Montes).

Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan feel the love in 1948’s Letter From An Unknown Woman.

In early 20th century Vienna, Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan, Gigi) is in the process of fleeing Vienna on the eve of a duel he wants no part of. Before he can do so, he receives the titular, anonymous letter from an unknown woman. Stefan is deeply moved by what he reads and starts to realize that the letter’s author is Lisa Berndl (Joan Fontaine, Suspicion), a young woman he’s known, but disregarded for most of his life…

Written by Howard Koch (Casablanca), produced by John Houseman (Sorry, Wrong Number) and co-starring Marcel Journet and Mady Christians, Letter From an Unknown Woman was released by Olive five years or so back without any supplemental materials. This latest version, issued as an Olive Signature title, contains the following features:

  • Mastered from new 4K restoration
  • Audio commentary by Max Ophüls expert Lutz Bacher
  • “A Deal Made in a Turkish Bath” – interview with Oscar-winning documentarian Marcel Ophüls
  • “An Independent Woman: Changing sensibilities in a post-war Hollywood” – interview with Professor Dana Polan
  • “Ophülsesque: The Look of Letter from an Unknown Woman” – with cinematographers Ben Kasulke and Sean Price Williams
  • Letter from An Unknown Woman: Passion’s Triumph” – visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher
  • Essay by critic Molly Haskell
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