Blu-ray, DVD Release: Odd Man Out

Blu-ray & DVD Release Dates: April 14, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $39.95; DVD $29.95
Studio: Criterion

Carol Reed’s psychological 1947 film noir crime drama Odd Man Out takes place largely over one long, tense night.

James Mason is the Odd Man Out

James Mason is the Odd Man Out

Set in an unnamed Belfast, the film stars James Mason (Bigger Than Life, Caught) as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks refuge throughout the city, while the woman he loves (Kathleen Ryan) searches for him among the shadows.

Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker (who would collaborate again on The Fallen Idol and The Third Man) create images of stunning depth for this intense, spiritual depiction of a man’s ultimate confrontation with himself.

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of the movie contain the following:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    Postwar Poetry, a new short documentary about the film
    • New interview with British cinema scholar John Hill
    • New interview with music scholar Jeff Smith about composer William Alwyn and his score
    • Home, James, a 1972 documentary featuring actor James Mason revisiting his hometown
    • Radio adaptation of the film from 1952, starring Mason and Dan O’Herlihy
    • An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.