A Streetcar Named Desire SE (R2) in May
Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of A Streetcar Named Desire (Two-Disc Special Edition) for 8th May 2006 priced at £19.99. This edition features three minutes of footage that was deleted from the final 1951 release version (and thought lost until its rediscovery in the early 1990s) that underscores the sexual tension between Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) and Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), and Stella Kowalski’s (Kim Hunter) passion for husband Stanley. The Legion of Decency, established by Catholics to implement the Production Code, required these scenes and several lines of dialogue to be cut in order for the film to be released to a wide audience. The Legion threatened to give the film a ‘C’ for Condemned rating if Elia Kazan did not compromise and alter his final cut of the film. This DVD release is the fully restored version of Kazan’s original cut and the documentary ‘Desire and Censorship’ on Disc 2 describes his struggle in getting the past the censors.
Special Features Disc One:
- Commentary by Karl Malden and film historian Rudy Behlmer
- Elia Kazan movie trailer gallery
Special Features Disc Two:
- Movie and audio outtakes
- Marlon Brando screen test
- Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey documentary
- 5 new insightful documentaries:
- A Streetcar on Broadway
- A Streetcar in Hollywood
- Desire and Censorship
- North and the South
- An Actor Named Brando
Released later in the month exclusively through HMV on the 22nd May is The Tennessee Williams Film Collection, a five-film DVD boxset including A Streetcar Named Desire (Two-Disc Special Edition) alongside Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Sweet Bird of Youth, Night of the Iguana and The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone.