Last month, we asked EW.com readers to help Paramount select the cover image for the new Sunset Boulevard Blu-ray. Director Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic about a haunting silent-era movie star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) who hungers for a great comeback arrives on Blu-ray for the first time on Nov. 6, and 59 percent of voters opted for the red version of an original movie poster, with Desmond lurking over hack screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) and his new girlfriend (Nancy Olson).
For my money, Sunset Boulevard remains the greatest Hollywood movie about itself ever made, a warped fun-house mirror of the town and industry that nevertheless captures many of its ugly truths. Watch a clip below:
The new Blu-ray includes more than two hours of previously available documentaries and bonus material, plus the debut of a long-buried deleted scene. “The Paramount-Don’t-Want-Me Blues” was a comedic song that was cut from the film because it was considered too “Hollywood insider.” The clip, which features Academy Award-winning songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans performing, was obtained from the Academy Film Archive.