Sunset Boulevard (1950)

US Blu-ray Paramount edition


Text below written 2020-06-23



I can't find the words to describe how much i like this masterpiece of a film, a Billy Wilder Monster and without a doubt one of the best films
ever made. A tragicomical drama, a crime drama and a satire of the Tinseltown.
A noirish and unique meta-drama about Hollywood with lots of tragicomical absurdness but also with comic moments and certainly with a lot of
Love to the art of making film. Gloria Swanson is insanely great in the role as Norma Desmond, Yes, in one of the roles of the 20th Century.
As the once famous filmstar of silent films, the recluse Norma Desmond, still quite beautiful in her early 50's even though a bit Mad, and it
wouldn't be that hard to make love to her, would it you whiny scriptwriter Joe Gillis ? Swanson sets the celluloid on fire.

The film was nominated for 11 Oscar awards but only won 3, i.a. story and script. But, NO best motion picture, best director, best actress, best
actor or best supporting actor. Ridiculous. Swanson is beyond good, Holden is very good too and acts absolutely natural and believable, and
von Stroheim is nothing but sublime as Max von Meyerling, the once great film director, the once husband of Norma and now her butler.
Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond is both pitiful and magnificent and totally unforgettable.

The old US DVD 2 disc edition

The old Paramount 2 disc DVD edition had these extras on disc 2:

Sunset Blvd: The Beginning (23 minutes, 2008 with i.a. Nancy Olson, still alive), The Noir Side of Sunset Blvd: with crime writer Joseph
Wambaugh (14 minutes), Sunset Blvd Becomes a Classic" (14 minutes, 2008 with i.a. Gloria Swanson), Two Sides of Ms. Swanson (10 minutes,
2008) where grandchildren and fellow actress sucks up to her (hey, Gloria was no saint was she? She was a gigantic diva and ruled the world
in the 1920's and known to be troublesome to deal with), Stories on Sunset Blvd (i.a. Nancy Olson with some anecdotes, 11 minutes),
Mad About the Boy: A Portrait of William Holden" (11 minutes, 2008), Recording Sunset Blvd (about the music score by Franz Waxman, an
Oscar winner, 6 minutes, 2008), The City of Sunset Blvd (5 minutes), Morgue Prologue Script Pages,
Franz Waxman and the music of Sunset
Blvd (14 minutes), Behind the Gates: The Lot (5 minutes), Hollywood location map, Edith Head: The Paramount Years, Paramount in the 1950's,
Original theatrical trailer, galleries, a small booklet and an Audio commentary by Ed Sikov (the writer of On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and
Times of Billy Wilder


The Paramount Blu-ray presents the film in a 1.37:1 fullscreen original ratio, black & white, english mono dolby true HD audio with english subs
Extras with english subtitles:

Audio commentary by Ed Sikov (the writer of On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder, Sunset Blvd: The Beginning (23 minutes,
2008 with i.a. Nancy Olson, still alive), Sunset Blvd: A Look Back (26 minutes, 2002), The Noir Side of Sunset Blvd: with crime writer Joseph
Wambaugh (14 minutes), Sunset Blvd Becomes a Classic" (14 minutes, 2008 with i.a. Gloria Swanson), Two Sides of Ms. Swanson (10 minutes,
2008), Stories on Sunset Blvd (i.a. Nancy Olson with some anecdotes, 11 minutes), Mad About the Boy: A Portrait of William Holden" (11
minutes, 2008), Recording Sunset Blvd (about the music score by Franz Waxman, an Oscar winner, 6 minutes, 2008), The City of Sunset Blvd
(5 minutes, 2008), Franz Waxman and the music of Sunset Blvd (14 minutes), Morgue prologue script pages with deleted footage), Deleted
scene: The Paramount don't want me blues (from the awful New Years eve party scene with Franz Waxman playing the piano, Hollywood
location map, Behind the Gates: The Lot (5 minutes, 2008),
Edith Head: The Paramount Years (13 minutes, 2002), Paramount in the 1950's (9 minutes),
galleries and a Theatrical trailer