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A virtuoso James Stewart (Vertigo) plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie’s Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Days of Wine and Roses’ Lee Remick). This gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, the most popular film from Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger (Laura), was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast—including a young George C. Scott (Patton) as a fiery prosecuting attorney and legendary real-life attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge—and influential jazz score by Duke Ellington, Anatomy of a Murder is a Hollywood landmark; it was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New alternate 5.1 soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
• 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 with Bass biographer Pat Kirkham
• Newsreel footage from the set
• Excerpts from a 1967 episode of Firing Line, featuring Preminger in discussion with William F. Buckley Jr.
• 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 a 1959 Life magazine article on real-life lawyer Joseph N. Welch, who plays the judge in the film
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Good movie not just because of actors and plot but also because of background settings. Northern Michigan makes story real.Published 19 months ago by Robert Matthews
Jimmy Stewart at his best. There's a reason trial advocacy classes still show this as part of their curriculum, even decades later.Published on May 23 2013 by Allan R
Un film phare parmi ces films hors du commun que le cinéma américain a produit. James Stewart excellent. Read morePublished on March 19 2013 by Luigi
We have a great story, a great cast, and a great director. What more could one ask? Jimmy Stewart shows what it means to be a great actor and displays some examples during his... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2013 by Cattieluver
Otto Preminger was one of the most creative and brave directors of the american cinema in the fifties and sixties. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
This tense courtroom drama combines elements of suspense, sensuality, comedy, and intellect to deliver a wonderfully captivating film. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by L.M.W.
I had the great misfortune of reading the book before watching the movie. The book was a masterpiece, arguably the best piece of courtroom fiction ever written. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004
Otto Preminger is probably one of the least understood and under appreciated directors from the 1940's -1960's, but truth be known he was responsible for some of the most... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by MICHAEL ACUNA