Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the 60th Anniversary Blu-ray release of Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed. Restored from a 4K scan, the 1953 classic arrives on Blu-ray on October 1st.
Synopsis: Passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December of 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Clift) is newly arrived at the base, and has already fallen foul of his superiors due to his refusal to box on the company team. Given the worst duties as a result, Prewitt is befriended by Angelo Maggio (Sinatra), a young soldier who is himself persecuted by the Italian-hating Sergeant Fatso (Ernest Borgnine). Meanwhile, Sergeant Warden (Lancaster), Prewitt's superior, treads on dangerous ground when he allows himself to get caught up in affair with an officer's wife (Kerr).
From Here to Eternity was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and took home eight statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Sinatra), Supporting Actress (Reed), Black-and-White Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Recording and Best Screenplay. In addition, the film received two Best Actor nominations (Clift and Lancaster) and nominations for Best Actress (Kerr), Black-and-White Costume Design and Scoring. At the time, the film became one of the 10 highest-grossing films of the decade. In 2005, the film came in at #52 on the American Film Institute's list of "Top 100 films of All Time."
Special features include:
Eternal History: Graphics-in-Picture Track: The complete story of how 1953's Best Picture winner came to be, as told through new interviews, exclusive photos and other rare material. New interviews include Tina Sinatra (Daughter of Frank Sinatra), Tim Zinnemann (Son of Fred Zinnemann), Jack Larson (Actor / Friend of Montgomery Clift), Robert Osborne (Author, 80 Years of the Oscar), Kate Buford (Author, Burt Lancaster – An American Life), Film Critic Kim Morgan, Author / Film Historian Alan K. Rode and Journalist/Film Historian Virginia Campbell.
Audio Commentary with Tim Zinnemann and actor Alvin Sargent, a collaborator with Fred Zinnemann
Two Vintage Featurettes: "The Making of From Here to Eternity," a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and "Fred Zinnemann: As I See It," a look at the film's director.
Pleasantly surprised that Sony is actually keeping this one in the States instead of farming it out to Criterion (On the Waterfront, the following year's Best Picture winner), or worse Twilight Time (Oliver!). Guess I can now safely cancel my Amazon UK preorder; it won't be released there till the week AFTER this.
Still, let's keep the AR question in mind. FHTE, like OtW, was a "shoot and protect" film with intended OAR of 1.85:1, despite being shot (and always presented on home video, thus leading to incorrect OAR data on many sites including this one) in fullscreen; again like OtW, FHTE appears to fit best in a 1.66:1 frame. Will this BD be fullscreen, 1.66:1, or 1.85:1? None of those will make everyone happy; Disney still takes heat to this day for using 1.66:1 for most of its "shoot and protect" animation, from The Sword in the Stone to The Fox and the Hound. But as a more mainstream release, it's safe to say Sony will NOT release FHTE in all three in an attempt to satisfy everyone, as Criterion did with OtW.
RBBrittain, "From Here to Eternity" began filming BEFORE the studio made the switch to widescreen, so the proper AR for this one is 1.37:1 and I'm pretty sure that Sony knows this and will release it correctly. Like "Shane", FHTE was masked to widescreen theatrically but it was definitely not filmed to be shown that way. "On The Waterfront" was definitely composed for widescreen.
It's about time this is coming out, and I'm hoping it's 1.37 on the Blu-ray, as if I want to see roughly what late 1953 theatres were running I can always zoom my projector to the 1.78 option without losing much resolution. Looking forward to seeing this in HD!
Finally a best picture from sony !! 60th Anniversary thats why.other wise they would never release it. Here are a few more I need to upgrade to bluray. A Man for all Seasons 1966 best picture !!! To Sir With Love !!! and already available in europe and japan ...Guess whos comming to Dinner 1967 best actress, Stanley Kramer classic !!!!!!! c'mon Sony ,catalog classics already !!!!!!!!!!! Im not getting any f#@$ing younger waiting !!!!!
Yea I love this movie. It's about time. I had the UK version pre-ordered but canceled when this was announced. 60th Anniversary.....you'd think it would be a little bit more lavish a 'Special Edition'. But, great news indeed!