Release Date: 15th September 2014 Format: Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD Starring: Burt Lancaster, Hume Croyn, Charles Bickford Directed by: Jules Dassin
Synopsis: NOBODY REALLY ESCAPES
Before making the French crime classic Rififi, Jules Dassin was arguably the greatest of film noir directors, responsible for a string of gems including The Naked City, Thieves’ Highway and Night and the City. Brute Force kickstarted that run of pictures and never did a film live up to its name more.
Burt Lancaster is Joe Collins, one of a number of convicts squeezed into cell R17 intent on staging a prison break. Not only does he need to return to the side of his cancer-ridden wife (Ann Blyth), he also wants to escape the clutches of sadistic warden Captain Munsey (an unforgettable performance from Hume Cronyn) who enjoys a reign of terror over the inmates.
Beautifully shot by the great William H. Daniels, tautly written by Richard Brooks (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood) and impeccably acted by its ensemble of noir familiars, Brute Force remains a prison movie classic.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
New High Definition digital transferof the film
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
Burt Lancaster: The Film Noir Years – an in-depth look at the actor’s early career by Kate Buford, author of Burt Lancaster: An American Life
Reversible sleeve featuring the original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
Collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Frank Krutnik, author of In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity, and Swell Guy, an obituary of Brute Force’s producer, Mark Hellinger, by its screenwriter, Richard Brooks, illustrated with original stills
DETAILS: Region: B/2 Rating: 12 Cat No: FCD968 Duration: 98 mins Language: English Subtitles: English Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 Audio: 1.0