With holiday shopping picking up steam, there's never a better time to purchase classic movies on Blu-ray. This month features a number of lesser-known selections that will pique the interest of serious collectors.
After winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his sympathetic role in From Here to Eternity (1953), Frank Sinatra turned villain in the taut thriller, Suddenly (1954), where he played a disillusioned veteran who holds a family hostage with the intention of assassinating the president. Previously released on VHS and DVD, the film finally debuts on Blu-ray.
Also making its Blu-ray debut is 1930's The Blue Angel, the breakthrough film for screen diva Marlene Dietrich and Austrian director Josef von Sternberg. The two-disc set features both the German- and English-language versions.
Later in the month, Beloved Infidel (1959) starring Gregory Peck as alcoholic author F. Scott Fitzgerald sees a limited release through indie distributor Twilight Time, while the 1952 smash hit Hans Christian Andersen and the 1970 adaptation of Ken Kesey's Sometimes A Great Notion with Paul Newman will see wider releases.
Blu-ray cover for 'Suddenly' (1954) starring Frank Sinatra/Image Entertainment