The Tarnished Angels (Blu-ray)

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Format:  Blu-ray
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: March 26, 2019
  • Originally Released: 2019
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Note: Audio commentary by film historian Imogen Sara Smith
    • Theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • DTS
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 401
As a purely physical spectacle, the movie is worth anyone's time... that style was substance, or rather that style was philosophy, and he conveys emotions through this mise-en-scène as substantially as through acting, dialogue or plot. Full Review
Apr 1, 2019
Rating: A -- A seething melodrama about a family of daredevil pilots. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mar 6, 2005
Rating: 3/4 -- Sirk, known for his rich use of colors, opted to employ black-and-white for The Tarnished Angels -- it was a sound and strategic choice, further amplifying the overcast quality that permeates these characters' lives. Full Review
Film Frenzy
Mar 29, 2019
Sirk here uses the full range of his technique, from the disorienting profusion of mirrors and frames within frames to cutaway images that comment bitterly, even cruelly, on the situation of the characters....This is a bravura filmmaking in the service of a haunting vision...
New York Times
Nov 13, 2010
An enduring philosophical strain of proto-feminist endurance in a land that's both made and menaced by its intrepid warriors.
New Yorker
Jan 21, 2013
Rating: A -- Set in the Depression era, this tale of daredevils doing air showsand their nomad lifestyle is one of cult director Douglas Sirk's very best films, and also the finest screen adaptation of a William Faulkner novel.
Aug 17, 2010
One of Douglas Sirk's masterworks. Full Review
Observer (UK)
Sep 15, 2013

Product Description:

In THE TARNISHED ANGELS, based on William Faulkner's novel PYLON, Rock Hudson plays Burke Devlin, a lowly journalist in New Orleans who is chronicling a stunt-flying exhibition. Although the star of the show is World War I daredevil Roger Shumann (Robert Stack), Devlin finds himself reserving more and more column inches for Shumann's parachutist wife, LaVerne (Dorothy Malone).

Director Douglas Sirk shows consummate artistry in his onscreen reunion of the stars of WRITTEN ON THE WIND. Hudson, Stack, and Malone all continue to serve him well, contributing performances seething with the blunted desire and unfulfilled aspirations of their psychically scarred characters. The film is shot in appropriately bleak gray monochrome. Faulkner ranked THE TARNISHED ANGELS first among the many Hollywood adaptations of his novels, and German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder lauded the film's stunning emotional force, saying, "I have rarely felt fear and loneliness so much as in this film."


Production Notes:

  • Shot in Cinemascope.
Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 109,602
  • UPC: 738329233921
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