Blu-ray Release: Whirlpool (1949)

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 16, 2019
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Mind games, both for its characters and the audience, fuel the suspense of  the 1949 film noir Whirlpool, a polished thriller reuniting director Otto Preminger with his Laura star Gene Tierney (Leave Her To Heaven), giving one of her best performances.

This time around, Tierney portrays a mentally troubled socialite caught shoplifting – and ensnared in the dark scheme of a manipulative astrologer/hypnotist (José Ferrer, Fedora) to frame her for murder.

Richard Conte and Charles Bickford co-star as Tierney’s psychiatrist husband and the investigating police detective. Written for the screen by Ben Hecht (His Girl Friday, Ride the Pink Horse) and Andrew Solt (In a Lonely Place), and hauntingly scored by another Laura veteran, the great David Raksin, the film was shot by the Oscar-winning cinematographer Arthur C. Miller (Dragonwyck).

Bonus feature on this baby include an isolated music track, an audio commentary with the late film historian Richard Schicke 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 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.