Laura 1944
Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) has been murdered, and no-nonsense detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) has too many suspects. The fussy, supercilious radio personality Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) tells the story of how he 'discovered' Laura in an Ad agency. He nurtured her career, developed her taste for fine things and introduced her to all the right people. Among the wrong people Laura met is the listless Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), a womanizer with a dishonest past who claims he was to be married to Laura. There is also the rich woman who keeps Shelby, Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson). McPherson's investigation leads him to spend more and more time in Laura's apartment, familiarizing himself with her possessions, even reading her letters and diary. As he forms his own impression of Laura through the descriptions of those who knew her best, and from the large portrait that hangs in her apartment, he begins to become obsessed with this woman he never knew.

Director: Otto Preminger
Cast: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb
Country: USA
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:27:06 | 34.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Francais, Espanol
Subtitles: English, Nederlands, Francais, Espanol

Extras: 28:09

*** The Film - Theatrical Cut

*** The Film - Extended Cut that runs one-minute longer and shows a montage of Laura's rise to high- society status, a sequence that was deemed too "off-putting in its decadence" for wartime audiences.

Commentary by David Raksin and Jeanine Basinger: A patchwork track with independently recorded comments by composer David Raksin —who doesn't add much, I'm sorry to say—and film scholar Jeanine Basinger, who does have insights about the film, but too frequently simply describes what's happening onscreen.

Commentary by Rudy Behlmer: Much better is this track with film historian Rudy Behlmer—an expert in Hollywood's golden age—who parses out Laura's themes and gives significant pertinent info on the actors, director Otto Preminger, and the creation of the film.

Biography Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait (SD, 44:09): A made-for-TV biography with an overview of Tierney's career and personal life. The highlight is perhaps an interview with her former husband, Oleg Cassini, who calls Tierney "an extraordinary genetic marvel."

Biography Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain (SD, 44:03): Likewise, Vincent Price gets his own bio, with a diverse assortment of interviewees, including Dennis Hopper.

The Obsession (SD, 12:36): A short piece featuring interviews with several film historians, critics, and filmmakers, discussing the story of Laura, its characters, and Otto Preminger's direction.

Deleted Scene (HD, 2:36): Here you can view the montage of Laura's social ascent that's included in the "extended" cut. With optional commentary by Rudy Behlmer.

Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2:31)

DVD9 + DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:23:32 | 4.73 Gb + 4.09 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Francais
Subtitles: English, Nederlands, Francais

Extras:

DISC ONE
• Audio commentary by Wesleyan University film professor Jeanine Basinger and composer David Raksin (subtitled in French and Dutch)
• Audio commentary by film historian and author Rudy Behlmer (subtitled in French and Dutch)
• Deleted scene (cut by the studio prior to original theatrical release)
• Option to play the film including the deleted scene

DISC TWO
• "Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait" documentary (44:22) subtitled in English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French
• "Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain" documentary (44:15) subtitled in English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French
• "The Obsession" featurette (12:36) subtitled in English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French
• Deleted scene, with optional commentary by Rudy Behlmer (2:30)
• Theatrical trailer (2:32)

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