THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR - LE
(James Whale, 1933)
Release date: 27 March 2023
Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK premiere)
Director James Whale (Frankenstein) directs Nancy Carroll (Broken Lullaby) and Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) in this mysterious and atmospheric drama.
Whilst defending a man who stands accused of murdering his wife, attorney Paul Lukas comes to suspect that his own wife is being unfaithful. Following her through the streets of Vienna, he becomes increasingly obsessed with the idea of her infidelity.
Made in between Whale’s Universal horror classics The Old Dark House and The Invisible Man, The Kiss Before the Mirror is a ravishingly staged pre-Code classic.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- 2020 restoration from a 2K scan
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with film historian Nora Fiore (2023)
- A Shattered Reflection (2023, 12 mins): video essay comparing The Kiss Before the Mirror to James Whale’s 1938 remake, Wives Under Suspicion, which was produced in the era of the Motion Picture Production Code
- Classification of Enlisted Men (1942, 12 mins): War Department documentary short, directed by James Whale and focusing on four inductees into the US Army
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Limited edition exclusive 40-page booklet with a new essay on the film by Philip Kemp, a contemporary profile of director James Whale, an interview with filmmaker Curtis Harrington on Whale, an overview of contemporary critical responses, new writing on Classification of Enlisted Men, and full film credits
- UK premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies for the UK
BBFC cert: PG