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Anatomy of a Murder - James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick and George C. Scott (Blu-ray - Feb 21, 2012) [Criterion Collection]

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Stylish, sophisticated, and as supremely adult as only an Otto Preminger film can be, Anatomy of a Murder is both a murder mystery and a densely textured courtroom drama. Its complex, compelling protagonists are motivated by emotions ranging from passion to self-loathing, weakness to rage. As a country lawyer defending a GI who killed his wife's alleged rapist, James Stewart delivers a richly layered performance. Special notice also goes to George C. Scott, who plays a big-time prosecutor from the city; his performance in the film's penultimate scene is particularly memorable. Set in a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Anatomy succeeds in transposing the urban genre of film noir to this folksy setting. The visuals often have a dark, shady ambiance, and everyone from the soldier's fun-loving wife to the lawyer's snappy secretary (marvelously portrayed by Lee Remick and Eve Arden, respectively) fits snugly into noir's cast of archetypes. Yet the sharp and witty script (which actually marked the first time, post-code, that the word "panties" was heard on screen) delivers surprise after surprise.

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Cast & Crew - Anatomy of a Murder
James Stewart
(Films)(Biography)(Music) Paul Biegler
Lee Remick
(Films)(Biography)(Music) Laura Manion
Ben Gazzara
(Films)(Biography) Lt. Frederick Manion
Arthur O'Connell
(Films)(Biography) Pamell McCarthy
George C. Scott Claude Dancer
Eve Arden Maida
Kathryn Grant Mary Pilant
Joseph Welch Judge Weaver
Brooks West Mitch Lodwick
Murray Hamilton Alphonse Pacquette
Orson Bean Dr. Smith
Alexander Campbell Dr. Harcourt
Joseph Kearns Mr. Burke, Photographer
Russ Brown Mr. Lemon, Caretaker
Howard McNear Dr. Dompierre
Ned Wever Dr. Raschid
Jimmy Conlin Madigan
Ken Lynch Durgo, Police Sergeant
Royal Beal Sheriff Battisfore
John Qualen Sulo
James Waters Army Sergeant
Duke Ellington Pie-eye
Don Ross Duane Miller

Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director, Producer
Del Armstrong Makeup
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Duke Ellington Score Composer
Michael J. Harte Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Boris Leven Production Designer
Louis Loeffler Editor
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
Harry Ray Makeup
David Silver Asst. Director
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
John D. Voelker Screenwriter

Product Details
Actors: James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, George C. Scott
Directors: Otto Preminger
Format: AC-3, Black & White, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Criterion Collection
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
Run Time: 161 minutes

This DVD is also available as part of a box set:
James Stewart: Columbia Screen Legends Collection

Special Features:
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
New alternate 5.1 soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
New interview with Otto Preminger biographer Foster Hirsch
Critic Gary Giddins explores Duke Ellington's score in a new interview
A look at the relationship between graphic designer Saul Bass and Preminger
Newsreel footage from the set
Excerpts from a 1967 episode of Firing Line
Excerpts from the work in progress Anatomy of "Anatomy": The Making of a Movie
Behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine's Gjon Mili
Trailer, featuring on-set footage
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton and more

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