The Criterion Collection, 2010. First Printing. Blu-Ray Disc.
Burt Lancaster stars as a barbaric Broadway gossip columnist who ropes an unprincipled press agent played by Tony Curtis into unfairly smearing the reputation of an up-and-coming jazz musician. A noirish depiction of 1950s Manhattan by screenwriters Clifford Odets (Notorious) and Ernest Lehman (North by Northwest) with compelling neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe (The Thin Man). Blu-ray Special Edition features:
- Exclusive digital restoration from the original 35 mm camera negative, with ucompressed monaural soundtrack
- New audio commentary featuring film scholar James Naremore
- Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away, a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and others
- James Wong Howe: Cinematographer, a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning photographer, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe
- New video interview with film critic and historian Neal Gabler about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J.J. Hunsecker
- New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor
- Original theatrical trailer
Single Blu-ray disc, 96 minutes, black & white, monaural, 1.66:1 aspect ratio. In case, with booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins, notes about the film and two short stories introducing its characters by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, and an excerpt about Clifford Odets from Mackendrick's book On Film-Making, introduced by the book's editor, Paul Cronin. Case and booklet are housed in pictorial cardboard slip-case.
Previously owned and opened and in excellent condition. With a bit of light wear and bumping to edges of slip-case.