Blu-ray Release: Compulsion

Blu-ray Release Date: March 7, 2017
Price: Blu-ray $14.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

Richard Fleischer (The Vikings) directs the 1959 drama Compulsion, which tells the true story about the notorious 1924 Leopold/Loeb murder case.

Orson Welles (The Stranger) stars as the brilliant lawyer Clarence Darrow whose history-making defense against capitol punishment saved two Chicago teenagers from a death sentence.

Though names were changed, this factual and fascinating character study focuses on the two boys – one bossy and intimidating (Bradford Dillman, The Way We Were), the other sensitive and introverted (Dean Stockwell, Blue Velvet) – who thought their superior intellect would enable them to pull off “the perfect crime.”

This tense, intelligent re-enactment of what was seen as the crime of the century, co-stars Diane Varsi (Wild in the Streets), E.G. Marshall (12 Angry Men), Martin Milner (Sweet Smell of Success), Gavin MacLeod (TV’s The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Richard Anderson (TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man).

The Blu-ray features an audio commentary by film historian Tim Lucas and a handful of trailers.

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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.