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Sunset Boulevard Blu-ray

Posted August 15, 2012 04:01 PM by Webmaster

ParamountParamount Home Media Distribution has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Billy Wilder's newly restored classic Sunset Boulevard (1950), starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim. The Blu-ray will be available for purchase on November 6th.

A fitting release to continue Paramount's centennial celebration, Billy Wilder's seminal classic continues to enthrall audiences with its bizarre and tragic tale of Hollywood's dark side. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner for Best Writing, Best Art Direction and Best Music, Sunset Boulevard was named by the American Film Institute as #12 on its list of the Greatest American Movies.

According to Paramount, the main objective of the restoration effort was to remain faithful to the distinctive look created by the director and cinematographer. Stark shadows and darkness occasionally cut by the bright light of a film projector are themselves essential in telling the disturbing story of madness and obsession. The restoration team secured a vintage print made at the time of release from the Library of Congress to view and study the tones and extensively researched documentation from the production to accurately present the director's original vision. Although none of the original nitrate materials survive, the restoration team conducted a worldwide search for the earliest generation elements, ultimately using an acetate 35mm duplicate negative as a primary source for scanning at 4K to create the highest picture quality possible.

In addition, work done on the film's original mono soundtrack back in 2001-2002 was expanded upon. As with the picture, no original sound materials survive, but a variety of source elements were analyzed, transferred, digitally cleaned and incorporated into the final restoration – including optical soundtrack negatives, music and effects tracks and partial music master materials.

The Sunset Boulevard Blu-ray boasts over two hours of in-depth bonus material that sheds light on the film, its origins and its path to becoming a classic. With featurettes on stars Gloria Swanson and William Holden, a look at renowned costume designer Edith Head, an exploration of the Paramount lot of the 50s, a Hollywood location map and much, much, more, the Blu-ray offers a comprehensive guide to this enduring cinematic treasure. In addition, the Blu-ray features a never-before-released deleted scene entitled "The Paramount-Don't-Want-Me Blues", which was obtained from the Academy Film Archive and features Academy Award-winning songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans performing a comedic song that was cut for fear of being too Hollywood insider in 1950.

Special Features:
  • Commentary by Ed Sikov, author of On Sunset Blvd: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder
  • Sunset Boulevard: The Beginning
  • Sunset Boulevard: A Look Back
  • The Noir Side of Sunset Boulevard
  • Sunset Boulevard Becomes a Classic
  • Two Sides of Ms. Swanson
  • Stories of Sunset Boulevard
  • Mad About the Boy: A Portrait of William Holden
  • Recording Sunset Boulevard
  • The City of Sunset Boulevard
  • Franz Waxman and the Music of Sunset Boulevard
  • Morgue Prologue Script Pages
  • Deleted Scene—"The Paramount-Don't-Want-Me Blues" (HD)
  • Hollywood Location Map
  • Behind the Gates: The Lot
  • Edith Head: The Paramount Years
  • Paramount in the '50s
    • Galleries:
    • Production
    • The Movie
    • Publicity
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD)





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News comments (33 comments)



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metamorphic
  Aug 15, 2012
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Fuck yes.

kong73
  Aug 15, 2012
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Day 1

JHas
  Aug 15, 2012
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Awesome awesome awesome!!!

cooterbuket
  Aug 15, 2012
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This news (and the awesome cover art) made my day!

octagon
  Aug 15, 2012
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Great film, great selection of extras, great price and the right cover even won their contest - Day One indeed.

dannalexcon
  Aug 15, 2012
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Great news! Looking forward to the best BD fall yet. "Jaws", "Indy", "Rosemary", "Lawrence", "Hitchcock", "E.T." and now "Sunset".

Seems as if paramount went the extra mile for this one. Kudos to them.

Nice to see that they used the original poster for the cover. It gives it more of a 50's noir feel.

rockinrick
  Aug 15, 2012
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Can't Wait !!!!!!

kamphausd1
  Aug 15, 2012
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Sad to hear about the original negative no longer existing, but I'm really looking forward to how this turns out.

majorkonig41
  Aug 15, 2012
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This movie is the definition of essential. An absolute must own for any film fan serious or non. This just became my most anticipated title of the fall.

tru blu
  Aug 15, 2012
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Also sad to hear Original negative and sound elements no longer exist. Thankfully Paramount were able to source elements that could be used. Very excited about this release.

rafaelsalguero
  Aug 15, 2012
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I hope they add a beautiful Slipcover, like the "Barbarella" one
troysayshi
  Aug 15, 2012
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Fantastic news. Really looking forward to this. Talking of Sunset and Billy Wilder I'd really like to see 'Fedora' although I don't think it is something that will happen on blu.

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Monty70
  Aug 15, 2012
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4K image scan is the way to go. Great news.

(love the cover art btw)

tellybox
  Aug 15, 2012
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Great cover art; this release is a key one from 4th quarter.

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Penthouse
  Aug 15, 2012
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This is probably in my top three movies of all time!

ShellOilJunior
  Aug 15, 2012
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More Billy Wilder on blu-ray is always great!

scaramunga
  Aug 15, 2012
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Awesome news!!!!

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BluPat
  Aug 15, 2012
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One of the best movies ever!
misterh27
  Aug 15, 2012
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A masterpiece - this movie gets better and better with the passing years. Day One for sure.

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MrClarke
  Aug 15, 2012
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can't wait for this one. and that cover art is classic. love it.

eChopper
  Aug 15, 2012
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better be a 4k harvest

monque
  Aug 15, 2012
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Awesome. Day 1 for me.

BellesBiggestFan
  Aug 16, 2012
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It always makes me laugh when people use comments like 'an absolutely essential for any film fan'.

It's each to their own, and you can be a film fan without wanting to see or own every film that's considered a classic.

themadpanner
  Aug 16, 2012
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Day 1 for me, just hope the audio has not been over-cleaned up, remember analogue film sound like vinyl discs had a quality of its own. Too many old soundtracks are strangulated by people who know about nothing but digital, this is a big problem in the UK as examples take the BFI 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' and Studio Canals 'Passport to Pimlico' to name but two.
And on the subject of Billy Wilder come on MGM lets have a BD of 'Avanti' that would make my year.
faornelas
  Aug 16, 2012
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Awesome news! A Blu-ray book would be most welcome.
dougotte
  Aug 16, 2012
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Those features look pretty amazing.

servocrow
  Aug 16, 2012
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MILDRED PIERCE!!!!!! cmon guys!!
DVD Phreak
  Aug 16, 2012
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Not sure about the cover - and a closeup of Swanson to boot. The whole point of the famous line "I'm ready for my closeup" is that she was NOT ready for it. I love the simpler DVD cover better.

BluPix
  Aug 16, 2012
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This is terrific news. A blu-ray of Sunset Blvd. is a title that I and many filmfans have been clamoring for. It's very reassuring to see a description of all the care and resources that went into the restoration of this landmark film. The extras seem extensive, I love the cover and the price is reasonable. Needless to say, it's been preordered.
actionfan
  Aug 16, 2012
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fuck this. i hate old bullshit like this get released on bluray. they need to put SOUTHIE on bluray!!! they also need to do a better BOONDOCK SAINTS bluray
cjamescook
  Aug 16, 2012
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themadpanner - I agree with your sentiment in principle. I just wish Lionsgate would get off the dime by releasing the Studio Canal properties for which it holds the license but are still only available in Region 2 (Europe).

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Swissangel4616
  Aug 17, 2012
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Sounds very good too me to get this classic on BD. Oh my...this fall/winter is going to be expensive with all the others I want have.


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