3 Silent Classics by Josef von Sternberg

Edition no. 528

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The Docks of New YorkThe Last CommandUnderworld
Paramount Home Entertainment
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Vienna-born, New York–raised Josef von Sternberg directed some of the most influential and stylish dramas ever to come out of Hollywood. Though best known for his later star-making collaborations with actor Marlene Dietrich, von Sternberg began his career during the final years of the silent era, dazzling audiences and critics with his films’ dark visions and innovative cinematography. The titles in this collection, made on the cusp of the sound age, are three of von Sternberg’s greatest works, gritty evocations of gangster life (Underworld), the Russian Revolution (The Last Command), and working-class desperation (The Docks of New York) rendered as shadowy movie spectacle.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Musical Score 2.0 PCM Stereo
Region: A
Discs: 3 Discs |  BD-50

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  • Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Alloy Orchestra
  • New visual essay by UCLA film professor Janet Bergstrom
  • Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Alloy Orchestra
  • New visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher
  • Two scores, one by Robert Israel and another by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton
  • Swedish television interview from 1968 with director Josef von Sternberg
  • A ninety-six-page booklet featuring essays by Geoffrey O'Brien, Anton Kaes, and Luc Sante; notes on the scores by the composers; Ben Hecht’s original story for Underworld; and an excerpt from Josef von Sternberg’s autobiography, Fun in a Chinese Laundry, on actor Emil Jannings

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