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Sunrise (F.W. Murnau) - The Masters of Cinema Series

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Certificate: U
Running Time: 95 Mins
Retail Price: £19.99
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Content Type: Movie

The culmination of one of the greatest careers in film history, F. W. Murnau's Sunrise blends a story of fable-like simplicity with unparalleled visual imagination and technical ingenuity. Invited to Hollywood by William Fox and given total artistic freedom on any project he wished, Murnau's tale of the idyllic marriage of a peasant couple (George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor) threatened by a Machiavellian seductress from the city (Margaret Livingston) created a milestone of film expressionism.

Made in the twilight of the silent era, it became both a swan song for a vanishing medium and one of the few films to instantly achieve legendary status. Winner of three Oscars for Best Actress (Gaynor), Cinematography, and a never-repeated award for "Unique and Artistic Picture", its influence and stature has only grown with each passing year. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a new 2-disc special edition of the film, including an all-new alternate version recently discovered in a Czech archive of a higher visual quality than any other known source.

Special Features:
Restored high-definition transfers of two different versions: the American Movietone version, and the silent Czech version
Original English intertitles on the Movietone version, and optional English subtitles on the silent Czech version
Original Movietone score (mono) and alternate Olympic Chamber Orchestra score (stereo)
Full-length audio commentary by ASC cinematographer John Bailey on the Movietone version
Outtakes with either John Bailey commentary or intertitles
Murnau's 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film - Janet Bergstrom's updated 40-minute documentary about the lost Murnau film
Original theatrical trailer
Original 'photoplay' script by Carl Mayer with Murnau's handwritten annotations (150 pages in pdf format)
68-page illustrated booklet with numerous essays including a new reprint of a piece by Dudley Andrew

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Video Tracks:
1.20 : 1 - original aspect ratio

Audio Tracks:
Mono (Original Movietone Score)
Stereo (Alt. Score)

Directed By:

Written By:

George O'Brien
Janet Gaynor
Margaret Livingston

Music From:
R.H. Bassett
Erno Rapee

Director of Photography:
Charles Rosher
Karl Struss

Harold D. Schuster

Visual Effects:
Frank Williams

William Fox

Eureka Video
The Masters of Cinema Series

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