Sissi Trilogy: Starring Romy Schneider in her Career-Defining Role

Though she made many other good films, the SISSI TRILOGY are the films that catapulted the beautiful and talented Romy Schneider to international stardom.  Playing the beloved Austrian Princess remains her career defining role.

Every Timeless Sissi Film is Collected in this 5-Disc Set, Perfect for the Whole Family and Available on November 14, 2017.

 

At the age of seventeen, Romy Schneider vaulted to international stardom through her portrayal of Princess Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria in the first of three lavish films directed by Ernst Marischka.  And, while she would go on to work with some of the most influential and daring European directors of the era, Schneider will always be remembered by this defining role in the internationally beloved series.

Newly restored in 2K and available for the first time ever on Blu-ray in North America, THE SISSI COLLECTION, priced at $74.95srp, includes the Cannes Golden Palm-Nominated “Sissi Trilogy” along with VICTORIA IN DOVER (1954), a precursor to the Sissi films in which Schneider plays Britain’s Princess Victoria.
In SISSI, the title tale from 1955, viewers embraced the 16 year-old Sissi as she traveled with her mother to the Austrian court in Ischl, where the engagement between her sister Helene and the young emperor Franz Josef (Karl Boehm) was to be announced.  Unfortunately for Helene, he falls for Sissi after meeting her while out fishing.  Sissi is also romantically engaged, but marriage comes with a price — Archduchess Sophie, his arrogant and headstrong mother!
The sequel, SISSI: THE YOUNG EMPRESS (1956) follows the magnificent imperial wedding in Vienna and finds Sissi settling down to everyday life as empress.  Unfortunately, the strong-willed Sissi and her domineering mother-in-law cannot see eye to eye, and the conflict is heightened with the birth of a daughter.  Ultimately, a truce is brokered and the young couple head from Hungary where they are crowned King and Queen.
In the final film of the beloved trilogy, SISSI: THE FATEFUL YEARS OF THE EMPRESS (1957), Sissi has proven her ability to not only handle affairs of state but also her mother-in-law.  But as the Queen travels to Hungary in an effort to calm the insubordinate nobility, Archduchess Sophie again causes trouble for her daughter-in-law.
All of the remastered films in “The Sissi Trilogy” are presented in both 16:9 widescreen and the original theatrical full screen aspect ratios.
BONUS FEATURES 
  • FOREVER MY LOVE (1962) —  The beloved “Sissi Trilogy” presented in a condensed English-dubbed version, originally released by Paramount Pictures in the U.S. and featuring a theme song written by Burt Bacharach.
  • FROM ROMY TO SISSI — Making-of Featurette
  • SISSI’S GREAT-GRANDSON AT THE MOVIES – Excerpt from the documentary film Elisabeth: Enigma of an Empress
  • Full-color, 20-page collectible booklet with new essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

PROGRAM INFORMATION

 
Type:  Blu-ray
Running Time: 600 mins. + extras
Rating:  NR
Genre:  Drama
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen/4:3
Audio:  (BD) DTS-HD Master Audio/5.1 Dolby Digital / (Bonus DVD) 5.1 Dolby Digital/2.0 Stereo
Language: German with English Subtitles
About Film Movement
Celebrating its 15th year, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City.  Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide, and last year it had its first Academy Award-nominated film, Naji Abu Nowar’s THEEB. Film Movement’s theatrical distribution strategy has evolved to include promising American independent films, documentaries, and an even stronger slate of foreign art house titles.  Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com.
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