Blu-ray, DVD Release: Moonrise

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 8, 2018
Price: DVD $20.62, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

A small-town fable about violence and redemption, the 1948 crime drama Moonrise is the final triumph of Frank Borzage (I’ve Always Loved You), one of Hollywood’s most neglected masters.

Dane Clark in Moonrise

Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal father, young Danny (Dane Clark) is bruised and bullied until one night, in a fit of rage, he kills his most persistent tormenter. As the police close in around him, Danny makes a desperate bid for the love of the dead man’s fiancée (Gail Russell, The Lawless), a schoolteacher who sees the wounded soul behind his aggression.

With this postwar comeback, Borzage recaptured the inspiration that had animated his long and audacious early career, marrying the lyrical force of his romantic sensibility with the psychological anguish of film noir in a stunning vindication of faith in the power of love.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film contain the following:

* New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New conversation between author Hervé Dumont (Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic) and film historian Peter Cowie
* An essay by critic Philip Kemp

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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.