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Written on the Wind

Written on the Wind

Director: Douglas Sirk Cast: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono / Dolby 5.1)

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In the hands of director Douglas Sirk, melodrama has never had a finer moment as evidenced by this disc. The print is presented widescreen (anamorphic) with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The soundtrack is in Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). Sirk's carefully orchestrated color scheme is well rendered by this impeccable print. There are a few extras included as well (though no commentary track, which would have been an nice inclusion). "The Melodrama Archive" is a text and photo biography/filmography of Sirk divided into three parts: "Germany," "America," and "Universal." It features hundreds of production photos/lobby cards and is a great capsulation of his career. The disc is completed with trailers for the Sirk films Written on the Wind and All That Heaven Allows. Though low on extras, this is still a commendable disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2001
UPC: 0715515011525
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 2,224

Special Features

Widescreen digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions; The Melodrama Archive: annotated filmography of director Douglas Sirk with hundreds of behind-the-scenes production photos, plus vintage lobby cards; Original theatrical trailers for "Written on the Wind" and "All That Heaven Allows"; English subtitles; Liner notes by noted film theorist Laura Mulvey

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Mitch Wayne
Lauren Bacall Lucy Moore Hadley
Robert Stack Kyle Hadley
Dorothy Malone Marylee Hadley
Robert Keith Jasper Hadley
Grant Williams Biff Miley
Robert J. Wilke Dan Willis
Edward Platt Dr. Paul Cochrane
Harry Shannon Hoak Wayne
John Larch Roy Carter
Maide Norman Bertha
William Schallert Reporter
Joanne Jordan Brunette
Dani Crayne Blonde
Dorothy Porter Secretary
Gail Bonney Hotel Floorlady
Paul Bradley Maitre d'
Robert Brubaker Hotel Manager
Kevin Corcoran Boy in Drugstore
George de Normand Actor
Don C. Harvey Taxi Starter
Phil Harvey Actor
Jane Howard Actor
Robert Lyden Kyle as a Boy
Robert Malcolm Hotel Proprietor
Susan Odin Marylee as a Girl
Cynthia Patrick Waitress
Floyd Simmons Beer Drinker
Robert Winans Mitch as a Boy
Glen Kramer Actor
Carl Christian Bartender
Bert Holland Court Clerk
Joseph Granby R.J. Courtney
Roy E. Glenn Sam

Technical Credits
Douglas Sirk Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
William Holland Asst. Director
Richard Metty Cinematographer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Jay A. Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Clifford Stine Special Effects
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor Young Songwriter
George Zuckerman Screenwriter
Albert Zugsmith Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. "Written on the Wind" [3:11]
2. Flashback: 1955 [3:01]
3. "Around the world in 80 headlines" [4:28]
4. Up in the blue [5:22]
5. Lavender suite [4:11]
6. Miami international Airport [3:48]
7. Torches and Pistols [2:08]
8. Welcome to Hadley [3:37]
9. "I'm allergic to politeness" [8:57]
10. River of no return [2:31]
11. Life of the party [6:04]
12. Eat, drink, and be merry [3:07]
13. The club [4:20]
14. The dance of death [7:31]
15. Funeral wreath [6:37]
16. Doctor's office [3:55]
17. Bar brawl [2:08]
18. Dinner is served [6:38]
19. Miscarriage [3:11]
20. There's going to be a... [5:43]
21. Blackmail before breakfast [1:52]
22. Marylee's testimony [5:43]
23. Oil derrick/ End Credits [1:28]

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Written on the Wind 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in total agreement that, Robert Stack should have won an Oscar. His performance was, possibly, the best of his career. I was disappointed in the weakness of Hudson and Bacall's performances. I guess I expected more. However, I do feel compelled to give it five stars, only because of Robert Stack. He was so believable in his character, that I could feel his pain and desperation... He deserved the award.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lauren Bacall and Rock Hudson are the 'stars' of this movie but all of the Drama and stand out peformances come from the Oscar winning Dorothy Malone and the Oscar nominated Robert Stack (who should have won). The cinematography of this movie is very impressive. From the opening sequence (watch how the camera moves as Lauren Bacall faints) to the shadows and the lighting of the courtroom, this movie is great to look at.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago