Streetcar Named Desire doubles up

Tennessee Williams’ magnum opus A Streetcar Named Desire is getting a new two-disc special edition from Warner Home Entertainment.

Blanche is a Southern belle whose pretensions to virtue and culture only thinly mask her nymphomania and alcoholism. Arriving at the house of her sister Stella Kowalski, Stella fears Blanche’s arrival will upset the balance of her relationship with her husband Stanley, a primal, rough-hewn, brutish and sensual force of nature. He dominates Stella in every way, and she tolerates his offensive crudeness and lack of gentility largely because of her sexual need for him. Stanley’s friend and Blanche’s would-be suitor Mitch is similarly trampled along Blanche and Stanley’s collision course. Their final, inevitable confrontation results in Blanche’s mental annihilation.

The new two disc set features audio commentary with Karl Malden and film historian Rudy Behlmer, a trailer gallery, movie and audio outtakes including scenes originally removed from the film due to their provocative nature and the documentaries Elia Kazan: A Director’s Journey, A Streetcar on Broadway, A Streetcar in Hollywood, Desire and Censorship, North and South and An Actor Named Brando.

The $26.99 suggested retail price comes with the set which arrives on April 11.

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