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A Time To Love and A Time To Die (MOC) in March

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Douglas Sirk’s A Time To Love and A Time To Die as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 30th March 2009 priced at £19.99 RRP. Douglas Sirk – the master of the Hollywood melodrama – turns back to his native Germany at the time of the Second World War for the film that would stand as his penultimate American feature.

Adapted from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Douglas Sirk’s 1958 film for the first time on home video in the UK. A Special Two-Disc Edition, features include:

  • Gorgeous new anamorphic transfer of the film in its original 2.35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio
  • English SDH subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • Of Tears and Speed: According to Jean-Luc Godard – a 12-minute, visually annotated recitation of Jean-Luc Godard’s seminal essay on Sirk’s film
  • 19-minute video interview with Wesley Strick, screenwriter of Scorsese’s Cape Fear and author of the novel Out There in the Dark, a roman-à-clef based upon Sirk’s life in Hollywood and his relationship with the estranged son who took a starring role in Hitler Youth propaganda
  • Imitation of Life (Mirage of Life): A Portrait of Douglas Sirk – a 49-minute film portrait from 1984, directed by Daniel Schmid and photographed by Renato Berta, of Douglas Sirk and his wife Hilda in conversation, and reflecting, from their apartment in Germany, back upon their lives in Hollywood
  • The original trailer for the film, from the time it retained the provisional title of simply “A Time To Love”
  • 36-page booklet containing the complete text of Jean-Luc Godard’s essay on the film, writings from critic Tag Gallagher on the film and Sirk’s career in general, and an assemblage of notes that includes excerpts from Sirk’s reflections upon the film, remarks upon visual motifs inside the movie, the CinemaScope process used to photograph the picture, and more.

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