DVD Release: Inherit the Wind

DVD Release Date: June 9, 2015
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

Producer-director Stanley Kramer’s (On the Beach) classic 1960 courtroom drama Inherit the Wind is a based on the real-life Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925.

Inherit1Here, a Clarence Darrow-like defense attorney (Spencer Tracy, The Mountain) faces off against a fundamentalist prosecutor (Fredric March, Design for Living) in the case of a young schoolteacher (Dick York, TV’s Bewitched) brought to trial for breaking a “wicked law” (in the words of Tracy’s civil libertarian lawyer) that forbids the teaching of evolution in local public schools. Creationism versus evolution is the still-relevant theme of the film, which passionately asserts “the right to think.”

Punctuated by appearances by such stalwart character performers Norman Fell, Claude Akins and Harry Morgan, Inherit the Wind also features the sterling Oscar-nominated cinematography of the great Ernest Laszlo.

Kino’s DVD edition follows the release of Twilight Time’s Blu-ray edition last winter.


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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.