Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Scarlet Letter (1934)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 21, 2023
Price: DVD $13.99, Blu-ray $17.99
Studio: Film Masters

The first sound film version of Nathaniel Hawthorn’s classic tale of sin and redemption  The Scarlet Letter (1934) comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 21 from Film Masters!

Colleen Moore (Social RegisterWhy Be GoodLilac TimeTwinkletoes) stars as Hester Prynne in this screen adaptation. Bearing a child out of wedlock was punishable in 17th century Massachusetts by being forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” and Hester, a widowed mother with an illegitimate child, Pearl, is forced to wear said scarlet letter. In a story about retaining dignity and protecting Pearl from close-minded townsfolk, Hester is determined to rise above her situation.

Directed by Robert G. Vignola (Broken Dreams), the film also stars Hardie Albright (The Mad Doctor of Market Street), Alan Hale (Adventures of Don Juan) and William Farnum (The Count of Monte Cristo).

The film was recently scanned in 4k from the 35mm preservation print made from the original camera negative, restored by Janice Allen at Cinema Arts in conjunction with UCLA Library Film & Television Archives. It is here presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1:33:1 on region-free disks and includes English SDH with ​DTS-HD and Dolby AC3s audio options.

Professor and author Jason A. Ney joins us for an in-depth look at this historic film, joined by special guest, co-star Cora Sue Collins
-written essay by Ney
-Ballyhoo Motion Pictures presents “A Sin of Passion: Hawthorne in Film,” featuring a new interview with author, Justin Humphreys
-Original production, “Salem and the Scarlet Letter,” with archival footage provided by producer Sam Sherman of Salem, Mass., narrated by John Carradine
-A new interview with Sherman, “Revealing the Scarlet Letter.”


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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.