Video/Film , DVD in English

Imitation of life

  • Universal City, CA : Universal, ©2008.
  • Two-movie special ed.
  • 2 videodiscs (236 min.) : sound, b&w and colored ; 4 3/4 in.
  • DVD, region 1; standard format (1.33:1, 1934 version) & widescreen format (1.85:1, 1959 version); Dolby digital 2.0 mono.
  • Eisenhower M Level Reserves
    PN1997.I44 2008 disc 1<1934 version>-disc 2<1959 version> c. 1
    Available
Credits
  • 1934 version: Photography, Merritt Gerstad ; film editors, Philip Cahn, Maurice Wright.
  • 1959 version: Director of photography, Russell Metty ; film editor, Milton Carruth ; music, Frank Skinner.
Performers
  • 1934 version: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Baby Jane (Juanita Quigley), Alan Hale, Henry Armetta, Wyndham Standing.
  • 1959 version: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Dan O'Herlihy, Juanita Moore, Mahalia Jackson, Troy Donahue.
Subjects
Genre
  • Social problem films.
  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Film adaptations.
  • Fiction films.
  • Feature films.
  • Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
  • Films for the hearing impaired.
Series
Summary
  • 1934 version: Two single mothers join together to form a successful business, but find that material success does nothing to stabilize their personal lives.
  • 1959 version: Two single mothers, a down-on-her-luck actress and a homeless woman, attempt to find happiness for themselves and their daughters.
Contents
  • Disc 1. Imitation of life (1934, b&w, 111 min.) / a Universal picture ; the new Universal presents ; produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr. ; screenplay, William Hurlbut ; directed by John M. Stahl
  • Disc 2. Imitation of life (1959, col., 125 min.) / Universal-International presents ; screenplay by Eleanore Griffin and Allan Scott ; produced by Ross Hunter ; directed by Douglas Sirk.
Other information
  • Based on the novel: Imitation of life / by Fannie Hurst.
  • Originally produced as motion pictures in 1934 and 1959.
  • Bonus features. 1934 version: feature commentary with African-American cultural scholar Avery Clayton ; theatrical trailer. 1959 version: feature commentary with film historian Foster Hirsch ; featurette, Lasting Legacy - An Imitation of Life (32 min.) ; theatrical trailer.
  • Not rated by the MPAA.
  • Language: In English, with optional English SDH, French or Spanish subtitles.
Publisher's number
  • 61102436 Universal
Identifying numbers
  • UPC: 025195019132
  • OCLC: 213372618
  • OCLC: 213372618