Twilight Time Blu-ray: Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) 2D and 3D

Miss Sadie Thompson (1953 / 2D and 3D) (BLU-RAY)

Company: Twilight Time

Starring:  Rita Hayworth, Jose Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins, Diosa Costello, Harry 
Bellaver, Charles Bronson

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: 4 out of 5

This one is a total treat considering you get two different versions, a standard 2D version and an interesting 3D version. So basically double the watching.

Starring the wonderful beauty. All around classic master of cinema. The goddess. Guru of multiple talented acting. The one and only Rita Hayworth. What really needs to be said about this Queen of cinema that has not already been said. Well I guess I can give my two cents of thoughts on this passionate, powerful lover of the screen. She is and will always be one of the finest Golden Tickets of Hollywood. Film shinned with her face, stance, exposure and beyond graced this flawless gem of cinema perfection. Twilight Time has honored this true icon of cinema with this special edition Blu-ray. This is a must own piece of Hollywood just for the fact that this has all the wonderful performers in this film.

Not only the amazing Rita, but you have also starring the true Hollywood icon Jose Ferrer. He was a true performer in everything he did in his long career. Ferrer was a true god of cinema, not only acting but as director of stage plays and so on, which might I add won him many awards. Most famous stage productions such as The Shrike, The Fourposter and the one and only Stalag 17. But I think it has to be his master in front of the camera in a wonderful mixed bag of characters that truly stand out. Nominated for three Academy Awards and also winner of the Academy Award for best Actor in the amazing Cyrano de Bergerac. All one has to do is look at his amazing career, 1952’s Moulin Rouge which he was nominated for an Academy Award for. 1954’s The Caine Mutiny, 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, 1965’s The Greatest Story Ever Told. One of my personal favorite underrated horror films 1977’s The Sentinel. He was in a slew of wonderful Drive-in style films of the 70’s and 80’s, more or less the late night B-movie style of entertainment. If you know me I am a huge B-movie and Cult film lover and Ferrer shinned in many of these, the aforementioned The Sentinel. Also 1978’s The Swarm, 1978’s Dracula’s Dog, 1981’s Bloody Birthday, 1982’s Blood Tide, 1983’s The Being, and the one and only personal favorite of mine, the classic science fiction, dark tale and wonderment of imagination by David Lynch, the iconic 1984’s DUNE. Twilight Time has also released another film he was involved with on Special Edition Edition Blu-ray, Woody Allen's odd-ball A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy which you can read my review for HERE.

Also starring Charles Bronson. Bronson is my boy. One of my all-time favorite tough guys. I am a huge Charles Bronson fan. My favorite will always be, the Death Wish saga. I own every one of his films on VHS, and DVD, and now many of his films are coming out, or have already came out on Blu-ray. Bronson came from a time of cinema when, Manly men owned the camera. The tough guy persona ruled, and operated a no holds bar attitude of dominance in film. There was a time when the male figure demonstrated a control of the character they were playing. Now days the white ghost teeth, slick hair, metrosexual, male figure becomes somewhat laughable in cinema, compared to the brutes of men in the 40’s, all the way to early 90’s cinema. What happened to the days of the sophisticated tough guys like, Richard Burton, Yul Brynner, James Cagney, James Coburn, Bronson, Eastwood, Hackman, Lee Marvin, Gary Cooper. How Hollywood has missed the mark in not creating the tough guy persona, just amazes me in all its stupidity. Don’t get me wrong there are still tough guys, but the style, and approach has changed. The original tough guys did not have to demand your attention, they already had your attention, and Charles Bronson was that style. Twilight Time has released many of his films on Special Edition Blu-ray. Chato's Land which you can read my review for HERE. Also 10 to Midnight which you can read my review for HERE. Twilight Time has also released 1972's The Mechanic. 

Also starring the very, how should I put it and not to sound sexist, oh forget about it, she was flipping hot. Diosa Costello was a true an eye catcher. Not only beauty, but was a powerhouse in entertainment. A true performer. Living all the way to 100, she had beauty, brains and most of all, perfect talent. Amazingly that beauty and ultimate stardom was mainly for the stage plays. She only acted in 3 films which was a total bummer, but she shinned in those few small roles. When asked why she did not act in more films, it was because she loved to improvise, and on stage you could do that, but on film, you had to stick to the script that the director wanted. She was beautiful, amazing and it was awesome seeing her in this film again. I have often studied her career and wrote an article on her during my college days, she is just one of those strong performers that lives a lasting mark.

A small little trivia about this movie. Is this is not the only version of this film. You see this movie is based on W. Somerset Maugham short story titled originally, Miss Thompson. In 1928 there was a movie version titled Sadie Thompson. The short story changed its name to the title, “Rain”. In 1932 there was another film version with the new title Rain starring the one and only icon Joan Crawford ("No wire hangers, ever!") Also there was another film version that changed many aspects of the movie and entered the subject of race, Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. which was put out in 1946. Now the Dirty Gertie version was an unauthorized version.

Miss Sadie Thompson was directed by a wonderful visionary behind the camera. He directed one of my favorite psychological film noir movies 1947’s amazing Possessed, starring the one and only Joan Crawford. Curtis was a true one of a kind German director that had away with capturing a plot, creating it around the tension, and beauty of his actors, actress’s performing on screen which was his true trade mark in my viewpoint. I have seen 31 of his films and each one capture a freshness about it, or an ability to seem as if it’s real, or happening before your eyes. His performers seem to be real characters. No matter what type of film subject he directed he gave an interesting trip into the core of its story, and Miss Sadie Thompson is no different.


My Rating: 5 out of 5

Absolutely stunning. This was my first time seeing this in 3D which was a total treat and very, very, impressed with Twilight Time's ability to allow the viewer to see it in both versions, if they wish to. Both versions are vibrant in color, crisp in imagery. Loved the 3D Effects, which really came out, which also was a solid Grade A+ to this Blu-ray release. The audio is equally powerful and very intense. The sound is crystal clear. Twilight Time aced it again in this department in my viewpoint.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 2D and 3D
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA


My Rating: 4 out of 5

Isolated Music & Effects Track which is done by 3 persons. The first being composed by George Duning. Duning was a true golden ticket of music perfection. He was nominated for many Academy Awards in his career. He worked on such memorable films as 1955’s The Man from Laramie, 1955’s Picnic which might I say both where Twilight Time releases on a Special Edition Blu-ray's. 1956’s The Eddy Duchin Story, which might I also add Twilight Time released on a Special Edition Blu-ray which you can read my review for HERE. Also composed for the film Cowboy which Twilight Time also has released on Special Edition Blu-ray which you can read my review for HERE.  He truly mastered so many realities in music, from TV to major motion picture. From a personal favorite of mine 1957’s 3:10 to Yuma, and another personal favorite the 1978 Disney TV movie, Child of Glass, to working on the original Star Trek Series. Twilight Time honored this music god with this special feature. 

Next up in the music department would be the excellent songwriter and composer Lester Lee. Sadly, Lee died very young, but left a world of great examples of his mastery in music. Which might I add is still being used on soundtracks for movies today. One of his most famous works is Blue Gardenia. He wrote countless examples of music that stand out still today. A true master in the music world and the lyrical world. He shined and is still shinning today even after his death 50 years later.

Next up is another musical master at his craft. Ned Washington was truly an American songwriter that shinned in a way that few lyricists could ever want to be. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winner of two. His mastery was a fresh golden ticket of perfection and listening wonderment of the soul, both wanting to be sentimental and also tapping the feet to dance. Miss Sadie Thompson is one of the nominated songs for an Academy Award. I think the one and true thought for me knowing and remembering him is for the Disney classic masterpiece 1940’s Pinocchio’s classic song: “When you wish upon a Star”, which might I add won him his Oscar along with Leigh Harline and Paul J. Smith. A wonderful special feature added to this special edition film. Twilight Time honored this wonderful music, and this was a spectacular special feature in my viewpoint.

Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros. A wonderful listen as always. I love listening to film historians that have a passion, and love affair for cinema, and this one showcases that beauty, very informative.

Introduction by Actress Patricia Clarkson. A wonderful opening, for a wonderful film.

Original Theatrical Trailer

Also the amazing 8-page booklet insert by the one and only Julie Kirgo, which is always a plus. These booklets are always cherished.


Yet again Twilight Time has honored an older film with an excellent new outlet for a new generation to experience, or an older generation to revisit. Wonderful seeing it in both versions, 2D and 3D. Some good special features. Awesome and amazing video and audio quality. This is another must own, must experience film that lingers with you long after it’s over. It’s one of those films you can return to often, and enjoy it all over again. Highly Recommended.


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