A gorgeous 6 disc Marlene Dietrich boxset and a Michael Palin comedy lead the charge for Indicator this August

A gorgeous 6 disc Marlene Dietrich boxset and a Michael Palin comedy lead the charge for Indicator this August

Indicator have announced the 19th August release of The Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount, 1930-1935 boxset. A stunning collection of 6 of cinemas greatest films presented in a feature-packed set.

This deluxe collection showcases the six remarkable and influential American features that these two émigré artists made for Paramount during the first years of the talking picture. Released on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, the six films are: the sensuous Morocco (1930), Dietrich’s triumphant US debut, co-starring the great Gary Cooper; the subversive espionage thriller Dishonored (1931); the delirious Shanghai Express (1932); the extraordinary Blonde Venus (1932), co-starring Cary Grant; historical epic The Scarlet Empress (1934), in which Dietrich gives one of her greatest performances as Russia’s Catherine the Great, and; the deviant The Devil is a Woman (1935).

Features included in the The Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg at Paramount, 1930-1935 boxset include:

  • 4K restorations of Dishonored, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, The Scarlet Empress, and The Devil Is a Woman
  • 2K restoration of Morocco
  • Original mono audio
  • Morocco audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
  • Shanghai Express audio commentary with critic and film historian David Thompson
  • Blonde Venus audio commentary with film and arts critic Adrian Martin
  • The Scarlet Empress audio commentary with writer and film programmer Tony Rayns
  • Introductions on all six films by Nicholas von Sternberg, son of Josef von Sternberg
  • Josef von Sternberg, a Retrospective (1969): feature-length television documentary by the acclaimed Belgian director Harry Kümel
  • Marlene Dietrich: The Twilight of an Angel (2012): Dominique Leeb’s acclaimed French television documentary on Dietrich’s final years
  • The Fashion Side of Hollywood (1935): a short compilation film of lighting and costume tests from Paramount productions, including The Devil Is a Woman, and featuring costume designer Travis Banton
  • Lux Radio Theatre: ‘The Legionnaire and the Lady’ (1936): a radio play adaptation of Morocco, featuring Dietrich and actor Clark Gable
  • If It Isn't a Pain (1935, 3 mins): excised audio of the deleted musical number from The Devil Is a Woman
  • Von Sternberg at the BFI (2009): an audio recording of the 2009 symposium on von Sternberg held at London’s BFI Southbank
  • The Art of Josef von Sternberg (2019): Nicholas von Sternberg discusses his father’s works in painting and sculpture
  • New video essay by film historian Tag Gallagher on the Hollywood collaborations of Dietrich and von Sternberg
  • New interview with Erica Carter, author of Dietrich’s Ghosts, on the Dietrich’s career before von Sternberg
  • New interview with So Mayer, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, on the queer iconography and legacy of Dietrich and von Sternberg’s films
  • New interview with Nathalie Morris, film historian and senior curator of the BFI National Archive’s Special Collections, on the costume designs of Travis Banton
  • New interview with Jasper Sharp, writer and filmmaker, on the life and career of Shanghai Express co-star Anna May Wong
  • Image galleries: on-set and promotional photography, including rare materials
  • New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with a new essay by Pamela Hutchinson, archival interviews and articles, an overview of contemporary critical responses, film credits and more
  • UK premieres on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 6,000 copies

In addition, also out on the same day is the Michael Palin comedy, The Missionary which was delayed from its original June due to issues with the amount of restoration work needed.

Being released on Blu-ray for the first time, The Missionary will look the best it ever has but will also present the film in its original widescreen aspect ratio for the very first time. We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to work so closely with cinematographer Peter Hannan and director Richard Loncraine on reviving this comedy classic from HandMade Films.

The Missionary features:

  • New 2K restoration by Powerhouse Films from the original negative, supervised and approved by cinematographer Peter Hannan and director Richard Loncraine
  • Original stereo audio
  • Audio commentary with director Richard Loncraine (2019)
  • Making the Missionary (2019): featuring new and exclusive interviews with stars Michael Palin and Maggie Smith
  • Interview with Shuna Harwood (2019): new interview with the costume designer
  • Interview with Mike Moran (2019): the film’s composer discusses his collaborations with HandMade Films
  • Interview with Ken Lintott (2019): new interview with the make-up artist
  • Interview with Tony Jackson (2019): new interview with the sound recordist
  • Rob Deering on ‘The Missionary’ (2019): an appreciation by the comedian, musician and writer
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by John Oliver, extracts from Michael Palin’s diaries on the film’s location shooting, archival interviews with Palin, an overview of contemporary critical responses, archival articles, and film credits
  • First ever home video presentation in the film's original 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 5,000 copies
  • All extras subject to change

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