The remastered CD treatment of the soundtrack for Josef von Sternberg's 1930 classic Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel), with Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich, is reverently reissued without the disease of collector fetishism as an end point. The sound has been dramatically improved from any extant or early version; the 24-bit digital remaster contains all of the nuances of Frederick Hollander's orchestra playing the score, and captures Dietrich's plaintive voice faithfully, without embellishment, or any noticeable loss in dynamic. Musically, these are cabaret songs that play as significant part in the movie's plot, in terms of establishing the dimension and depth of the characters. As a listening experience, it is flawless, a beautiful document of the time and place, which is performed and recorded astonishingly well. This is an essential addition to any serious classic film soundtrack library.
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek