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Written on the Wind - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack
Director: Douglas Sirk
Plot Synopsis:

Douglas Sirk's Technicolor expressionism reached a fever pitch with this operatic tragedy, which finds the director pushing his florid visuals and his critiques of American culture to their subversive extremes. Alcoholism, nymphomania, impotence, and deadly jealousy—these are just some of the toxins coursing through a massively wealthy, degenerate Texan oil family. When a sensible secretary (Lauren Bacall) has the misfortune of marrying the clan's neurotic scion (Robert Stack), it drives a wedge between him and his lifelong best friend (Rock Hudson) that unleashes a maelstrom of psychosexual angst and fury. Featuring an unforgettably debauched, Oscar-winning supporting performance by Dorothy Malone and some of Sirk's most eye-popping mise-en-scène, Written on the Wind is as perverse a family portrait as has ever been splashed across the screen.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 2K RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Acting for Douglas Sirk, a 2008 documentary featuring archival interviews with Sirk; actors Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, and Dorothy Malone; and producer Albert Zugsmith
  • New interview with film scholar Patricia White about the film and melodrama
  • Trailer
  • Trailer for All That Heaven Allows
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker and critic Blair McClendon
  • Release Details
    Release Date: February 1st, 2022
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1956
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:99 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English: LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH