Mildred Pierce (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Mildred Pierce (The Criterion Collection)(1945) Blu-ray
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Mildred Pierce Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1945 | 111 min | Not rated | Feb 21, 2017

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515192712

Mildred Pierce (The Criterion Collection)(1945) Blu-ray

From James M. Cain's classic novel, where a woman's ambitions for her daughter change her life. What Veda wants, her mother Mildred Pierce provides. Even if Mildred must end her middle-class marriage, climb atop the male-dominated business world and marry a wealthy man she doesn't love. "I'll do anything," Mildred says in explaining her love for her selfish daughter. But will "anything" include her total ruin?

Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Butterfly McQueen

Mildred Pierce

Synopsis: Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from the Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford's career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent's tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain's rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional.

Special Features:
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New conversation about Mildred Pierce with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito
- Excerpt from a 1970 episode of The David Frost Show featuring actor Joan Crawford
- Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, a 2002 feature-length documentary on Crawford's life and career
- Q&A with actor Ann Blyth from 2002, conducted by film historian Eddie Muller
- Segment from a 1969 episode of the Today show featuring novelist James M. Cain
- Trailer
- PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith


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