Blu-ray Release: The Quiet American (1958)

Blu-ray Release Date: June  13, 2017
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s (Cleopatra) adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American (1958) gives us a very early look at the burgeoning tragedy of Vietnam.

It focuses on a jaded English journalist (Michael Redgrave, Secret Beyond the Door), based in Saigon and more or less settled in with his Vietnamese mistress, Phuong (Giorgia Moll). Then an apparently idealistic young American aid worker (Audie Murphy) arrives, and all bets are off: when the jealous journo learns that the Yank may actually be a spy, he sets in motion a series of terrible events. Highlighted by a moody score from Mario Nascimbene (Solomon and Sheba).

Special features on this Twilight Time release of this romantic drama-thriller include an isolated music track with some effects and an 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.