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The Tarnished Angels on Blu-ray in August from Masters of Cinema

19 July 2013

Eureka Entertainment have announced that they will be releasing The Tarnished Angels, one of the most acclaimed films of the 1950s, and a favourite director of Pedro Almódovar, Quentin Tarantino, John Waters, Todd Haynes, Kathryn Bigelow, and more.

One of legendary director Douglas Sirk's most cherished passion projects, this spectacular adaptation of William Faulkner's Pylon has risen in stature to become one of his most acclaimed films. Reuniting with his core creative team from oil tycoon saga Written on the Wind, Sirk this time examined the marginal lives and lost souls living one rung from the bottom with surpassing delicacy and artistry.

Rock Hudson stars as journalist Burke Devlin, fascinated by the sordid lives of a trio eking out a living in carnival circuit daredevil airshows – Roger Shumann (Robert Stack), former WWI fighter pilot, forced into races and parachute routines with the help of his wife LaVerne (Dorothy Malone), and faithful mechanic Jiggs (Jack Carson).

Evoking Depression-era New Orleans with glorious black-and-white CinemaScope photography, Sirk's spellbinding chronicle of personal obsession, romantic longing and irreconcilable desires now appears as one of the most extraordinary films to come out of 1950s Hollywood.

The Tarnished Angels (1957) will be released on blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world by Eureka as part of the Masters of Cinema series on 19th August 2013 at the RRP of £19.99.

Featuring a beautiful new 1080p high-definition master and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired on the feature, the disc will have the following extras:

  • Feature-length audio commentary by film critic Adrian Martin

  • Talk About the Business, an interview with supporting actor William Schallert

  • Infernal Circle, an interview with critic Bill Krohn

  • Acting with Douglas Sirk, a collection of archival interviews with Douglas Sirk, producer Albert Zugsmith and actors Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone

  • Original theatrical trailer

  • Isolated music & effects track

  • 40-page booklet featuring the words of Douglas Sirk, vintage reportage from the film set, rare imagery, and more!