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In the hands of director Douglas Sirk, melodrama has never had a finer moment as evidenced by this disc. The print is presented widescreen (anamorphic) with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The soundtrack is in Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). Sirk's carefully orchestrated color scheme is well rendered by this impeccable print. There are a few extras included as well (though no commentary track, which would have been an nice inclusion). "The Melodrama Archive" is a text and photo biography/filmography of Sirk divided into ...
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In the hands of director Douglas Sirk, melodrama has never had a finer moment as evidenced by this disc. The print is presented widescreen (anamorphic) with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The soundtrack is in Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). Sirk's carefully orchestrated color scheme is well rendered by this impeccable print. There are a few extras included as well (though no commentary track, which would have been an nice inclusion). "The Melodrama Archive" is a text and photo biography/filmography of Sirk divided into three parts: "Germany," "America," and "Universal." It features hundreds of production photos/lobby cards and is a great capsulation of his career. The disc is completed with trailers for the Sirk films Written on the Wind and All That Heaven Allows. Though low on extras, this is still a commendable disc.
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Special Features

New widescreen digital transfer; The Melodrama Archive: an annotated Douglas Sirk filmography featuring behind-the-scenes and production photos and vintage lobby cards; exclusive liner notes by film theorist Laura Mulvey; original theatrical trailers for All That Heaven Allows and Written On The Wind;
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Douglas Sirk's lurid melodrama could well be the most gloriously hyperbolic of the German-born director's films. One of his now-heralded "women's pictures" for Universal in the 1950s, Written on the Wind finds Sirk once again elevating what he himself called "impossible" material to the level of pop art. The trite plot, bubbling with dime-store psychology and Freudian innuendo, follows the heated shenanigans of an unhappy foursome: sibling oil-dynasty millionaires Kyle (Robert Stack) and Marylee Hadley (Dorothy Malone); Lucy Moore (Lauren Bacall), Kyle's new wife; and Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson), the Hadleys' best friend since childhood. The actors dig into their roles with gusto. Stack and Malone were both nominated for their hammy supporting turns, while Hudson's performance as the virile Mitch rivals his role in the previous year's All That Heaven Allows in its part-iconic, part-parodic embodiment of frontier masculinity. Sirk places his characters in a garish Texas landscape of bold colors, shiny surfaces and vulgar opulence. The hyperstylized visuals transform the hokum into something else altogether: a deliriously excessive representation of a vacuous America. Shameless soaper that it is, the movie does occasionally succumb to camp and datedness. For the most part, however, Written on the Wind holds up, a robust and enjoyable epitome of Sirk's formally audacious cinema.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • UPC: 715515011525
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,994

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Mitch Wayne
Lauren Bacall Lucy Moore Hadley
Robert Stack Kyle Hadley
Dorothy Malone Marylee Hadley
Robert Keith Jasper Hadley
Grant Williams Biff Miley
Robert J. Wilke Dan Willis
Edward Platt Dr. Paul Cochrane
Harry Shannon Hoak Wayne
John Larch Roy Carter
Maide Norman Bertha
William Schallert Reporter
Joanne Jordan Brunette
Dani Crayne Blonde
Dorothy Porter Secretary
Gail Bonney Hotel Floorlady
Paul Bradley Maitre d'
Robert Brubaker Hotel Manager
Kevin Corcoran Boy in Drugstore
George de Normand
Don C. Harvey Taxi Starter
Phil Harvey
Jane Howard
Robert Lyden Kyle as a Boy
Robert Malcolm Hotel Proprietor
Susan Odin Marylee as a Girl
Cynthia Patrick Waitress
Floyd Simmons Beer Drinker
Robert Winans Voice Only
Glen Kramer
Carl Christian Bartender
Bert Holland Court Clerk
Joseph Granby R.J. Courtney
Roy E. Glenn Sr. Sam
Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
William Holland Asst. Director
Richard Metty Cinematographer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Jay A. Morley Jr. Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Clifford Stine Special Effects
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor Young Songwriter
George Zuckerman Screenwriter
Albert Zugsmith Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. "Written on the Wind" [3:11]
2. Flashback: 1955 [3:01]
3. "Around the world in 80 headlines" [4:28]
4. Up in the blue [5:22]
5. Lavender suite [4:11]
6. Miami international Airport [3:48]
7. Torches and Pistols [2:08]
8. Welcome to Hadley [3:37]
9. "I'm allergic to politeness" [8:57]
10. River of no return [2:31]
11. Life of the party [6:04]
12. Eat, drink, and be merry [3:07]
13. The club [4:20]
14. The dance of death [7:31]
15. Funeral wreath [6:37]
16. Doctor's office [3:55]
17. Bar brawl [2:08]
18. Dinner is served [6:38]
19. Miscarriage [3:11]
20. There's going to be a... [5:43]
21. Blackmail before breakfast [1:52]
22. Marylee's testimony [5:43]
23. Oil derrick/ End Credits [1:28]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play The Movie
   The Melodrama Archive
      Germany
      America
      Universal
   Douglas Sirk Trailers
      Written On The Wind
      All That Heaven Allows
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone:the best!

    I am in total agreement that, Robert Stack should have won an Oscar. His performance was, possibly, the best of his career. I was disappointed in the weakness of Hudson and Bacall's performances. I guess I expected more. However, I do feel compelled to give it five stars, only because of Robert Stack. He was so believable in his character, that I could feel his pain and desperation... He deserved the award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stack and Malone's movie

    Lauren Bacall and Rock Hudson are the 'stars' of this movie but all of the Drama and stand out peformances come from the Oscar winning Dorothy Malone and the Oscar nominated Robert Stack (who should have won). The cinematography of this movie is very impressive. From the opening sequence (watch how the camera moves as Lauren Bacall faints) to the shadows and the lighting of the courtroom, this movie is great to look at.

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    Posted July 30, 2010

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