BLONDE VENUS - BD
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(Josef von Sternberg, 1932)
Release date: 18 July 2022
Standard Edition Blu-ray
One of six films Cary Grant made in 1932, the first year of his Hollywood career, Blonde Venus also found him co-starring with the formidable Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich plays a cabaret singer who hooks up with Grant’s politician when her husband, an American chemist played by Hebert Marshall, accidentally poisons himself and requires an expensive, life-saving treatment.
An irresistible concoction of cabaret and melodrama, Blonde Venus is unmistakably a Josef von Sternberg picture, and includes the infamous musical number ‘Hot Voodoo’, in which Dietrich emerges from a gorilla costume.
INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
- 4K restoration
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with film and arts critic Adrian Martin (2019)
- Introduction by Nicholas von Sternberg (2019, 7 mins): the son of Josef von Sternberg discusses Blonde Venus
- Dietrich, a Queer Icon (2019, 25 mins): So Mayer, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, analyses the queer iconography and legacy of Marlene Dietrich
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
- New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
BBFC cert: PG