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‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD July 22, 2019!

Director Elia Kazan’s first film, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn shows that the filmmaker’s great empathy for his characters was already quite evident at this early juncture, and this endures as one of the most moving Hollywood dramas of the 1940s. Based on Betty Smith’s novel a bestseller in the U.S. but also one of the most popular books among American soldiers overseas in WWII Kazan’s debut is a sensitive, masterful adaptation.  Set among Brooklyn tenements circa 1912, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a portrait of the Nolans, an Irish-American family living in financially challenging circumstances, often made worse by father Johnny’s drinking and employment problems. But matriarch Katie keeps the family together during all of the obstacles, caring for son Neeley and daughter Francie, as well as Katie’s outspoken, oft-married sister Sissy. But just as Francie’s gift for writing opens up new avenues, more tragic developments test the family’s resolve.

 

Elia Kazan’s heartfelt and sentimental first feature

 

 

Winning Academy Awards for actors James Dunn (as Johnny) and Peggy Ann Garner (as Francie), and featuring splendid work by Dorothy McGuire and Joan Blondell, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a heartfelt testament to the strength of family, and offers an early indication of Kazan’s unrivalled proficiency with actors.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration completed from a 4K scan of the original film elements
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Feature-length commentary by Richard Schickel with Elia Kazan, Ted Donaldson, and Normal Lloyd
  • The Making of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • An Appreciation of Dorothy McGuire
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Hollywood Star Time: Original radio broadcast version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn from 1946, starring Peggy Ann Garner, James Dunn and Joseph Kearns
  • PLUS: a collector s booklet featuring new essays by Kat Ellinger, Phil Hoad, and Philip Kemp, alongside rare archival imagery

 

DETAILS:

Label: Eureka!

Title| A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray edition

Starring| DOROTHY McGUIRE | JOAN BLONDELL | JAMES DUNN | LLOYD NOLAN | PEGGY ANN GARNER | TED DONALDSON

Director| ELIA KAZAN

Blu-ray Cat. No.| EKA70342

Blu-ray Barcode| 5060000703429

Blu-ray RRP| £19.99

Release Date| 22 July 2019

Certificate| U

Run Time| 128 minutes

OAR| 1.33:1

Picture| B&W

Genre| Drama / Romance

Year| 1945

Country| USA

Language| ENGLISH

Subtitles| ENGLISH SDH (Optional)

 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is released on

Blu-ray & DVD in the UK July 22, 2019!

ORDER NOW!

 

 

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Gerard Iribe is a writer/reviewer for Why So Blu?. He has also reviewed for other sites like DVD Talk, Project-Blu, and CHUD, but Why So Blu? is where the heart is. You can follow his incoherency on Twitter: @giribe

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