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- Version: Special Edition
- SKU: VCI9090
- Format: Blu-ray
- UPC: 089859909023
- Street Date: 09/27/22
- PreBook Date: 08/09/22
- Label: VCI Entertainment »
- Genre: Drama
- Run Time: 94 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Audio: STEREO
- Year of Production: 1932
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot: 30
- Territory: NORTH AMERICA
- Language: English
Cast & Crew
- Actor: Joan Crawford
- Actor: Walter Huston
- Actor: Fred Howard
- Actor: Ben Hendricks Jr.
- Actor: William Gargan
- Actor: Mary Shaw
- Actor: Guy Kibbee
- Actor: Beulah Bondi
- Director: Lewis Milestone
- Director: Lewis Milestone
Rain: 90th Anniversary
W. Somerset Maugham's powerful story of Sadie Thompson has perhaps the most celebrated version. 'Rain' is one of the true classics of film history.
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VCI is pleased to present RAIN, celebrating it's 90 Anniversary in a stunning new 4K restoration, produced from the original, uncut 94-minute version. It is a most important film in the history of the cinema, and one of the greatest films the 'Thirties' produced. The consummate dramatic and artistic achievement of both Miss Crawford and Walter Huston will give the picture life for many decades to come.
W. Somerset Maugham's powerful story of Sadie Thompson has perhaps the most celebrated version, vividly capturing the lives of several very different human beings, thrown together on Pago Pago during a fierce monsoon. Brilliant performances are given by Crawford, as the cynical prostitute, and Huston, as the minister who tries to reform her. A 'tour de force' of camera work, style and direction of a film that caused controversy when first released, 'Rain' is one of the true classic dramas of film history.
- Commentary track by Mick LaSalle Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and noted film historian.
- Commentary track by Richard Barrios Writer, Historian, and Commentator
- Liner Note Booklet written by Marc Wannamaker, writer and film historian.
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Poster & Photo Gallery
- Period appropriate Betty Boop Cartoon and Newsreel
- Alternate 76-minute “cut version” of the 1938 Atlantic Reissue for comparison.
- For Fans of Joan Crawford.
- For fans of other important films from 1932, such as, “No Man of Her Own,” “Shanghai Express,” and “Cynara”
- For all fans of Pre-Code Hollywood films.
- A true American Classic from the Pre-Code Hollywood Era.
Crawford matches Huston's intensity and reveals the depth of emotions behind Sadie's slatternly, free-wheeling façade. The lush, nocturnal tropical setting with its copious precipitation and Polynesian drum music enhances the sensuality of the conflict between spirit and carnality, while director Lewis Milestone's mobile camera and telling visual touches (like Sadie's choice of shoes) offset the potential staginess of a theatrical adaptation. A flop in 1932, Rain has since recovered its artistic reputation, particularly for Crawford's then-shocking 'realism' as Sadie.
—Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide
I was utterly captivated by Crawford's Sadie Thomson. This was an authoritative and dynamic femininity, unlike anything I had seen before. From the moment of Sadie's entrance on screen - four consecutive shots of two hands, wrists dripping with bracelets,
—Katherine Heller, The Film Dispatch
In movies for less than a decade, eventual Best Actress Oscar winner Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce, 1945) holds her own in Rain while acting opposite an ensemble cast of stage-trained actors, among them Guy Kibbee, Beulah Bondi, and Walter Huston as Mr. D
—Danny Fortune, Altfg.com
Detail levels are noticeably better in this transfer than in any version I've ever personally seen... Recommended.
—Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com
...this new restoration shines a light on a fascinating project anchored by Crawford’s spellbinding performance.
—Steve Geise, Cinema Sentries
The newly remastered release looks and sounds quite impressive for a 90-year-old film, making this new Blu-ray quite a treat.
—Mike Spring, Comic Watch