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The Blue Angel on dual format from Masters of Cinema in January

21 December 2012

The Blue Angel [Der blaue Engel] is one of the first German language sound films (filmed simultaneously in an English-language version), and the picture that represents the initial collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and his immortal muse, Marlene Dietrich.

Following up his role in Sternberg's great silent The Last Command, Emil Jannings portrays a schoolteacher named Immanuel Rath, whose fateful expedition to catch his students frequenting the cabaret known as "The Blue Angel" leads to his own rapture with the establishment's main attraction Lola (Dietrich) — and, as a result, triggers the downward spiral of his life and fortune.

Directed by Sternberg while on loan from America to the pioneering German producer Erich Pommer, The Blue Angel is at once captivating, devastating, and powerfully erotic, laced-through with Sternberg's masterful cinematography. From here, the director and Dietrich would go on to make six more films together in the span of five years, and leave a legacy of some of the most indelible iconography in the cinema of glamour and obsession.

The film launched the career of the legendary Marlene Dietrich and her multi-film collaboration with Josef von Sternberg, and stars Emil Jannings, the famous German actor of such classics as Faust, The Last Laugh and The Last Command. The Blue Angel showcases Dietrich in performance singing many of the songs that would take on the status of trademarks throughout her long career.

Eureka Entertainment have announced that they will be releasing The Blue Angel [Der blaue Engel] on dual format (DVD and Blu-ray) on 28th January 2013 as part of Eureka Entertainment's Masters of Cinema Series on 28th January 2013 at the RRP of £20.42.

The release features a new 1080p HD presentation of both the German-language and English-language versions of the film, with progressive encodes on the DVD, plus newly translated optional subtitles on the German-language version, and SDH on the English-language version.

Extra features are:

  • New and exclusive video essay on the films by critic and scholar Tag Gallagher

  • New and exclusive feature-length audio commentary by critic and scholar Tony Rayns on the German-language version

  • Original screen test with Marlene Dietrich

  • Archival interview clips with Dietrich

  • Substantial booklet containing writing on the film, vintage excerpts, and rare archival imagery

  • More features to be announced closer to release date

Here's the opriginal 1930s trailer:

 

And the 1960s re-release trailer: