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USA 1952

 

Carrie is the story of a woman whose dreams of adventure in the big city are squashed after discovering a bleak life of grueling and poorly-paid factory work. That is, until a traveling salesman named Drouet steps into her life and changes her outlook. Breaking all the rules of morality at the time, Carrie moves in with him and at first she's content, but when Drouet introduces her to the wealthy and married Hurstwood, who manages a restaurant, Carrie instantly sizes up the difference between the two men and discovers she's falling for him. William Wyler's classic adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" was nominated for two Oscars. Full unedited version of the film featuring the previously removed "flophouse" scene which was omitted for the original release in the US theatres. Starring Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins, and Eddie Albert.

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Carrie's dreams of adventure in the big city are quickly squashed as she discovers all that awaits her there is a bleak life of grueling and poorly paid factory work that is, until a traveling salesman named Drouet steps into her life and changes her outlook.

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Theatrical Release: July 4th, 1952

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Runtime 2:01:35.288         
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,144,523,300 bytes

Feature: 35,974,017,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,144,523,300 bytes

Feature: 35,974,017,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps

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Edition Details:

NEW Audio commentary with professor and film scholar Jason Ney
Neil Sinyard on Carrie (30:25)
Trailer (2:04)
Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies with unique artwork


Blu-ray Release Date: March 3rd, 2023

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ADDITION: Imprint Blu-ray (May 2023): Imprint have transferred William Wyler's Carrie to Blu-ray. It is on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. We reviewed the 2005 Paramount DVD of Carrie, HERE, and have compared some captures below. We continue to be suspicious of 1080P bumps but, regardless this is a healthy step above the SD. The HD presentation has superior contrast, is sharper and shows a sliver more information in the frame on all four edges. There are instances of depth and the textures are consistent. It still has a few surface scratches but nothing untoward in terms of damage. A pleasing high-def image - kudos to the strong density of the source.

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On their Blu-ray, Imprint use a linear PCM dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. Carrie has no aggressive moments - horse and carriages, murmuring restuarant crowds - that's about it. So the uncompressed transfer handles everything with ease. The pleasant score is by David Raksin (Night Tide, Forever Amber, The Bad and the Beautiful, The Day After, Separate Tables, Laura, Bigger Than Life, The Big Combo) adding subtle melodramatic touches. The audio is consistent and clean in the lossless transfer. Imprint offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Imprint Blu-ray offers a new commentary by American Literature professor and film scholar Jason Ney. He talks about Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" novel, the long and winding journey the film adaptation took to make it to the big screen, the conflicts that arose when the film went in to production, why its releases was delayed for over a year after it was complete, critical responses from 1952, the many changes they made to the source material when adapted to the screen - and why it matters - and where this film fits into the careers of the major players, as well as the significance of many scenes. It's very informative. There is also 1/2 hour with Neil Sinyard on Carrie. He discusses the adult subject matter in the film and book that gave it issues with references to adultery, sexual misconduct, bigamy, theft, industrial injury and a descent into poverty so extreme that the person inflicted with it contemplates suicide. He talks about how influential the novel was, neo-realism in Italy and much more. He is always a pleasure to hear from. There is also a trailer with a caveat about audio imperfections. The package has a limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies with unique artwork (see below.)  

William Wyler's Carrie is a sad romance film that portrays the bitter hardships and realism of turn-of-the-century American city life - juxtaposing the traditional fallen woman tale with the survival of an attractive, small town, gal - escaping factory sweatshop abuses and navigating through two relationships with men, eventually finding stage success in New York. It's brilliant story, exceptional performances, costume design (Edith Head), and art direction which supersede the many production issues, including (from Wikipedia): "Jones had not revealed that she was pregnant; Wyler was mourning the death of his year-old son; Olivier had a painful leg ailment that made him cranky, and he developed a dislike for Jones; and Hollywood was reeling under the effects of McCarthyism, and the studio was afraid to distribute a film that could be attacked as immoral." I'm a big fan of William Wyler's Carrie and am happy to have it on Imprint's world premiere Blu-ray. They add new extras; a full commentary and 1/2 hour video with Sinyard. Certainly recommended.

Gary Tooze

 


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