It’s not very often that you get the chance to spend a day at Trident Studios in Soho, the recording studio where Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Transformer and the Beatles White Album were recorded. Even more exciting than that is that I was recording at Trident Studios because I had been asked by Issa Clubb a senior producer at Criterion to provide an audio commentary for my all time favourite film, Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows. I was joined by my colleague and fellow melodrama researcher Tamar Jeffers McDonald and we spent a long and really exciting day discussing the film in detail, its production context, the performances of its stars and the very distinctive aspects of lighting, framing, camera work and production design that are cumulatively often described as the Sirkian System.
The restoration is fabulous and the film never looked more beautiful.
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring John Mercer, coauthor of Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility, and film scholar Tamar Jeffers-McDonald
- Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport
- French television interview with Sirk from 1982
- Excerpts from Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director
- Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including All That Heaven Allows
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder on Sirk