Eureka Entertainment will release Elia Kazan’s heartfelt and sentimental first feature, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, on Blu-ray in a new 2K restoration as part of The Masters of Cinema Series on 22 July 2019.
Adapted from the semi-autobiographical 1943 novel of the same name by Betty Smith, the film stars Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan, Peggy Ann Garner, Ted Donaldson, James Gleason, Ruth Nelson, John Alexander, and B.S. Pully.
Set among Brooklyn tenements circa 1912, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a portrait of the Nolans, an Irish-American family living in financially challenging circumstances, often made worse by father Johnny’s drinking and employment problems. But matriarch Katie keeps the family together during all of the obstacles, caring for son Neeley and daughter Francie, as well as Katie’s outspoken, oft-married sister Sissy. But just as Francie’s gift for writing opens up new avenues, more tragic developments test the family’s resolve.
1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration completed from a 4K scan of the original film elements
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Feature-length commentary by Richard Schickel with Elia Kazan, Ted Donaldson, and Normal Lloyd
The Making of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
An Appreciation of Dorothy McGuire
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Hollywood Star Time: Original radio broadcast version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn from 1946, starring Peggy Ann Garner, James Dunn and Joseph Kearns
PLUS: a collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Kat Ellinger, Phil Hoad, and Philip Kemp, alongside rare archival imagery