The Red Shoes (1948) DVD9 + DVD5, Blu-Ray Criterion Collection
An ambitious young ballerina Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) joins a world-famous ballet company run by Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), a tyrannical artistic director. Lermontov gives young composer Julian Craster (Marius Goring) a chance to write a new ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Red Shoes, and gives Vicky the lead role to launch her career. But when Vicky and Julian fall in love and marry, Lermontov fires Julian for disloyalty; nothing can interfere with dance, not even true love. Vicky is faced with a terrible choice between the man she loves and dancing - which is her lifeblood.

The team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger direct and write one of the great ballet melodramas of all time. Hans Christian Andersen's tragic fairy tale serves as the outline for a film about a backstage love story. The film's core relationship between the impresario and dancer was a take on the one between Diaghilev and Nijinsky. It's the kind of dance film that can appeal to a wide audience not just balletomane devotees.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer
Country: UK
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance


Extras:
• Introductory restoration demonstration with filmmaker Martin Scorsese (4:17)
• Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and Scorsese
• Profile of "The Red Shoes", a documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team (25:30)
• Video interview with director Michael Powell’s widow, Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, in which she discusses Powell, the film, and the restoration (14:41)
• Audio recording of actor Jeremy Irons reading excerpts from Powell and Pressburger’s novelization of The Red Shoes
• Collection of rare publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos
• Gallery of items from Scorsese’s personal collection of The Red Shoes memorabilia
• The "Red Shoes" Sketches, an animated film of Hein Heckroth’s painted storyboards, with the Red Shoes ballet as an alternate angle
• Audio recording of Irons reading the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Red Shoes"
• Theatrical trailer (2:30)

DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:15:21 | 7.66 Gb + 3.54 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 02:15:29 | 45.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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