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Anatomy of a murder


A small-town Michigan lawyer takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife. A gripping, envelope-pushing courtroom potboiler, Anatomy of a Murder was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex. More than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. With its outstanding supporting cast and influential jazz score by Duke Ellington, it's a Hollywood landmark.

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ISBN: 9781604655391


  • 1 Blu-ray disc (161 min.) sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 pages : illustrations ; 15 cm.)
  • digital optical surround sound Dolby Digital 5.1
  • laser optical NTSC
  • video file Blu-ray video A

Target Audience Note:

  • MPAA: Unrated.
  • CHVR: 14A.

Other Title:

  • Title on container: Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a murder [Blu-ray]
  • Anatomy of a murder (Motion picture)


  • Based on the novel of the same title by Robert Traver.
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1959.
  • Special features: new interview with Foster Hirsch; critic Gary Giddins explores Duke Ellington's score in a new interview; a look at the relationship between graphic designer Saul Bass and Preminger with Pat Kirkham; newsreel footage from the set; excerpts from 1967 episode of Firing line featuring Preminger in discussion with William F. Buckley Jr.; excerpts from the work in progress Anatomy of "Anatomy"; behind-the-scenes photographs by Life magazine's Gjon Mili; trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick Pinkerton and a 1959 Life magazine article on real-life lawyer Joseph N. Welch.
  • Director of photography, Sam Leavitt ; editor, Louis R. Loeffler ; music, Duke Ellington.
  • James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Kathryn Grant, Murray Hamilton, Orson Bean, Joseph N. Welch.
  • Blu-ray; region A; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio); dts-HD master audio 5.1; mono.
  • Requires Blu-ray player.
  • In English with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired (SDH).

Publisher or Distributor Number:

  • CC2110BD
  • 10661793

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