This was Duke Ellington's first film score, undertaken at the urging of Anatomy of a Murder's director, Otto Preminger. The full range of the composer's previous work was brought to bear on this 1959 work. Ellington was a natural choice to convey the rich and varied emotional moods of this drama. Tension and release, danger and safety, movement and stillness, darkness and light; the textural palette that was Ellington's signature was always compellingly cinematic.
In these orchestral settings, Duke's soloists (Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, and others) shine, as their playing reflects true variations on a theme in a classical sense. That's not to say that this set doesn't swing, too – "Happy Anatomy" is a short but fully cranked gallop. This is an album of rich variety and evocative writing.
This new single documentary for ITV focuses on the personal stories of victims caught up in a major road crash involving 130 vehicles and 300 people. On the morning of September 5, 2013, dozens of cars, lorries, vans and motorbikes crashed into one another in thick fog on a 100ft high bridge linking Sheppey Island in Kent with the mainland. Shocking pictures of cars and other vehicles caught up in the mayhem topped newspaper websites and social media as the fog cleared and the news began to break. At the time, police described the fact no-one had died as miraculous.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Otto Preminger's Anatomy of Murder arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. Winner of Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival, Otto Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), once very controversial courtroom drama has never looked this good before. Fully restored and remastered under the supervision of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Grover Crisp, the film has literally been given a new life. A truly fantastic film, one of Hollywood's very best, still thought-provoking and relevant today. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.