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Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942 on BFI Blu-ray in January 

16 December 2020

Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942 is a new Blu-ray box set collection that combines four classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood, starring the timeless Marlene Dietrich. All produced by Universal in the early 1940s, these films showcase Dietrich’s alluring and enduring persona; the epitome of big-screen glamour and sensuousness.

Among the special features in this beautifully presented set are commentaries for each film and a 60-page book of new essays. This release follows the BFI Southbank season Marlene Dietrich: Falling in Love Again which is running throughout December 2020, subject to government guidelines for covid-19 health and safety.

The four films featured include in the set are: Seven Sinners (Tay Garnett, 1940), The Flame of New Orleans (René Clair, 1941), The Spoilers (Ray Enright, 1942) and Pittsburgh (Lewis Seiler, 1942). With co-stars including Randolph Scott, John Wayne and Mischa Auer, the films stunningly exhibit Dietrich’s uniquely captivating style and the charisma that continues to endear her to fans worldwide.

Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942 Blu-ray cover art

Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942 will be released as a 4-disc Blu-ray box set by the BFI on 18 January 2021 at the RRP of £39.99.


  • High Definition transfers of all four films
  • Seven Sinners feature commentary by film historian David Del Valle and screenwriter C Courtney Joyner
  • The Flame of New Orleans feature commentary by film historian Lee Gambin and actor and film historian Rutanya Alda
  • The Spoilers feature commentary by film historian Toby Roan
  • Pittsburgh feature commentary by critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson
  • Music and effects tracks for The Flame of New OrleansThe Spoilers and Pittsburgh
  • Galleries
  • 60-page book featuring newly commissioned essays by Sarah Wood, Pamela Hutchinson, So Mayer, Ellen Cheshire, Katy McGahan and Phillip Kemp
  • Limited to 4,000 copies