Blu-ray Release: The Big Heat

Blu-ray Release Date: Feb. 16, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

A dark masterpiece of film noir, pantheon director Fritz Lang’s (Spies) excoriating 1953 crime movie The Big Heat (1953) takes an unflinching look at the endemic corruption of small-town America.

Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame in The Big Heat

Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame in The Big Heat

The classic film pits a tough cop (Glenn Ford, Fate is the Hunter) against the forces of evil represented by a syndicate boss (Alexander Scourby) and his all-too-obedient flunkies within the police force. Gloria Grahame (It’s a Wonderful Life) co-stars, indelibly, as a gangster’s moll with a decent heart, exploited by both good guys and bad; and Lee Marvin (The Killers) makes a terrifying early appearance as a thug whose sharp clothes and fancy apartment do little to conceal his animalistic nature.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray include the following:
-Isolated score track
-Audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman
-Michael Mann on The Big Heat
-Martin Scorsese on The Big Heat
-Original theatrical trailer

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to head over to the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives NOW so you can put in your prebook order!

About Laurence

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.