Blonde Venus

Edition no. 133

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Licensor
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
The collaboration between filmmaker Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich is one of the most enduring in all Hollywood cinema. Tasked by Paramount bosses to find ‘the next big thing’, director von Sternberg lighted upon German silent star Dietrich and brought her to Hollywood. Successfully transitioning from the silent to the sound era, together they crafted a series of remarkable features that expressed a previously hitherto unbridled ecstasy in the process of filmmaking itself. Marked by striking cinematography, beautiful design and elaborate camerawork these vibrantly sensuous films redefined cinema of the time, while Dietrich’s sexually ambiguous on-screen personas caused a sensation and turned her from actor to superstar and icon. Lavish, lascivious and wildly eccentric, the films Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich made for Paramount Pictures in the 1930s provide a unique testimony to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The six films that von Sternberg made with Dietrich in Hollywood are presented here in new restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including new appreciations, interviews, audio commentaries, rare films, outtakes and deleted audio, documentaries… and more! This stunning box set is strictly limited to 6,000 units.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English 2.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Audio commentary with film and arts critic Adrian Martin (2019)
  • Introduction by Nicholas von Sternberg (2019, 7 mins): the son of Josef von Sternberg discusses Blonde Venus
  • Dietrich, a Queer Icon (2019, 25 mins): So Mayer, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, analyses the queer iconography and legacy of Marlene Dietrich
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material

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