Announced today, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, the “Imitation of Life” 2-Movie Collection, brings one the of the most beloved and respected stories of all-time to Blu-ray, for the first time on April 7, 2015.
Based on the 1933 best-selling novel by Fannie Hurst, the emotionally-charged drama chronicles the lives of 2 widowed friends – one white and one black – and their troubled daughters, as they struggle to find true happiness in a world plagued by racism. An explosive subject then and now, both films present the cultural dilemma of racial issues as well as romance, family, success and tragedy in surprisingly candid ways that still resonate with audiences today.
The “Imitation of Life” 2-Movie Collection includes both versions of the film: the original 1934 Best Picture nominee starring Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers; and the 1959 masterpiece directed by Douglas Sirk, starring Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee and Susan Kohner.
In the roles of the sacrificing mother and her light-skin daughter caught between two different worlds trying to “pass” as white to achieve greater personal success, both Moore and Kohner respectively were nominated for Best-Supporting Actress.
Both films have been digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35MM original film elements and include the following bonus features:
Bonus Features on Blu-ray:
– Lasting Legacy: An Imitation of Life – Academy Award nominee Juanita Moore and respected historians reflect upon the making of these films and examine the enduring themes of race, family and identity in this retrospective documentary.
– 1934 Feature Commentary with African-American cultural scholar Avery Clayton
– 1959 Feature Commentary with film historian Foster Hirsch
– Original Trailers