Blu-ray, DVD Release: Ministry of Fear

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Criterion

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Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds star in Ministry of Fear.

The 1944 crime drama film-noir Ministry of Fear is a Fritz Lang (Metropolis) adaptation of a 1943 novel by Graham Greene.

En route to London after being released from a mental institution, Stephen Neale (Ray Milland, Dial M For Murder) stops at a seemingly innocent village fair, after which he finds himself caught in the web of a sinister underworld with possible Nazi connections.

Lang was among the most illustrious of the European émigré filmmakers working in Hollywood during World War II, of course, and Ministry of Fear is one of his finest American productions, an unpredictable thriller suffused with dread and paranoia—with style to spare.

The Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions of Ministry of Fear contain the following bonus features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the
Blu-ray edition
• New interview with Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney
• Trailer
• An essay by critic Glenn Kenny

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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.