Blu-ray Release: Eye of the Needle

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 13, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Eye of the Needle, from 1981, is a very British and very stylish Hitchcockian World War II espionage thriller adapted from Ken Follett’s gripping best-seller and directed by Richard Marquand (who would go on to helm Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi).

Eye-of-the-Needle-1The film’s densely plotted tale involves a murderous Nazi spy (Donald Sutherland, Don’t Look Now), codenamed “The Needle” for his switchblade-styled method of killing), long implanted in a British double life in the years verging on World War II, who discovers the secret of where the Allies will imminently invade German-occupied France on D-Day. He then sets out to bring this crucial information to the Fuhrer in Berlin personally only to be shipwrecked off the Scottish coast, where he meets an embittered ex-soldier (Christopher Cazenove), paralyzed in an auto accident on his wedding day years earlier, and his supportive yet long-suffering, lonely spouse (Kate Nelligan) and son. The secretive stranger and the neglected wife strike up a passionate affair, even as D-Day approaches…

Twilight Time’s hi-def Blu-ray edition includes the movie’s lush Miklos Rózsa score on an isolated track as well as an involving Audio Commentary featuring resident TT aficionados Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman, plus film music expert Jon Burlingame.

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to keep on the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives for the August 30 prebook date!

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.