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Imitation of Life: Two Movie Collection
     

Imitation of Life: Two Movie Collection

Director: Douglas Sirk, John M. Stahl

Cast: Lana Turner, Claudette Colbert

 
Two screen adaptations of Fannie Hurst's melodramatic novel are paired up in this special DVD package: John M. Stahl's 1934 version starring Claudette Colbert and Douglas Sirk's subtly transgressive 1959 production starring Lana Turner. The 1939 film has been transferred to disc in its original full-screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the 1959 picture has been

Overview

Two screen adaptations of Fannie Hurst's melodramatic novel are paired up in this special DVD package: John M. Stahl's 1934 version starring Claudette Colbert and Douglas Sirk's subtly transgressive 1959 production starring Lana Turner. The 1939 film has been transferred to disc in its original full-screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1, while the 1959 picture has been letterboxed in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors). The audio for both films has been remixed Dolby Digital Surround; both are in English with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. Original theatrical trailers have been included as a bonus.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The great director Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life, a spectacular, sprawling melodrama, follows a widowed aspiring actress (Lana Turner) and a homeless single mother (Juanita Moore) who raise their daughters together. While the actress's rise to Broadway stardom at the cost of true love gives the first half of the film a romantic arc, the relationship between the two mothers -- one white, one black -- gradually takes center stage. Sirk never compromises the integrity of the genre, steadfastly crafting archetypes instead of stereotypes while avoiding overt allegory or satire. This earnest sophistication gives Imitation of Life a weight that transcends social commentary. Turner's performance is pivotal, a grandiose portrayal of ambition and desire that fuels the story while contrasting brilliantly with Moore's austerity. Based on a bestselling novel by Fannie Hurst, Sirk's film was the second adaptation of the book, and it strays much farther from the source material than the more straightforward 1934 screen version. They truly don't make movies like this anymore; Imitation of Life stands as Sirk's masterpiece and perhaps the greatest Hollywood melodrama ever made.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
UPC:
0025192423321
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
3:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- 1959 Film
1. Main Titles [2:16]
2. Two Mothers [2:15]
3. Steve Archer [12:14]
4. The Agent [5:32]
5. Everything's Wrong [7:49]
6. Sarah Jane's Shame [4:16]
7. Big News [4:07]
8. The Audition [7:23]
9. A Star Is Born [2:32]
10. The New Home [8:07]
11. An Old and Dear Friend [3:54]
12. Sarah Jane's Secret [6:26]
13. To Be Different [3:53]
14. The Boyfriend [3:59]
15. A "Respectable" Job [4:36]
16. Looking for Sarah Jane [3:29]
17. In Love With Steve [6:30]
18. Annie's Last Wishes [6:11]
19. The Funeral [9:56]
20. End Titles [9:18]
Side #2 -- 1934 Film
1. "I Want My Quack Quack" (Main Titles) [6:14]
2. Room & Board [5:50]
3. Special Secret Recipe [5:59]
4. Aunt Delilah's Pancake Shop [5:24]
5. Paid in Full [4:47]
6. One Hundred Thousand Dollar Idea [7:53]
7. On Easy Street [6:14]
8. Meet the Pancake Queen [6:10]
9. No Time for Romance [5:00]
10. Go Amongst Your Own [6:25]
11. Let's Be Married [5:06]
12. All Grown-Up [5:45]
13. Disowned Family [9:13]
14. Silly Child [7:18]
15. Delilah's Not Well [5:32]
16. Keep Control [4:41]
17. "Where's My Baby?" [7:33]
18. Family Comes First (End Titles) [5:16]

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