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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Evening Primrose DVD Review

Evening Primrose DVD Review

Synopsis: The people are gone. The doors are locked. Darkness descends inside a department store. Fleeing the pressures of the outside world, an unhappy poet is at last alone. But not quite. In his newfound sanctuary, he comes across a group of hermits who have been hiding there for years. Among them is a young girl with whom he falls in love.

Created especially for television, Evening Primrose aired only once on ABC Stage 67. Starring Anthony Perkins and Charmian Carr, the production featured a teleplay adapted by James Goldman (from a short story by John Collier) and a score that included some of Stephen Sondheim’s most hauntingly beautiful songs – among them “If You Find Me, I’m Here” and “Take Me to the World”.

This long-lost treasure is now available for the first time ever – impeccably restored and re-mastered from a pristine kinescope print.

Review: One thing that I love about DVD is that they can dig up things that you would’ve never otherwise seen and release them for us.  This film was made direct for television and aired only once back in the 1960s.  Now, this is before my time, so I never had the opportunity to see it…until now.

This film is and eerie and hauntingly beautiful work featuring Anthony Perkins and music by the great Stephen Sondheim!  Its dark and unique and an absolute gem.  You absolutely must own this film.

The special features on this DVD include Newly recorded video interview with director Paul Bogart Newly, recorded audio interview with Chamian Carr. Full color test footage with Anthony Perkins. Booklet with written contributions by Stephen Sondheim and Jane Klain of the Paley Center for Media.

Interest Range: Vintage Film, Drama