Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Queen of Spades

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2019
Price: DVD $13.29, Blu-ray $19.89
Studio: Kino Lorber

Based on the celebrated short story by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, The Queen of Spades is a horror-spiked 1949 period drama from England directed by Thorold Dickinson.

A gambling craze is sweeping 19th-century St. Petersburg, yet a dashing Russian army captain (Anton Walbrook, The Red Shoes) is too impoverished to participate. But when he learns that an aging countess (Three-time Oscar-nominee Dame Edith Evans, The Whisperers) may hold the ultimate key to gambling riches, the desperate young officer will stop at nothing to steal the sinister secret for himself. When fortunes are won and lost with the turn of a card, will one man wager his very soul on a final twist of fate?

Yvonne Mitchell (Demons of the Mind) co-stars in this brilliant British chiller (which is loved by none other than  novice film aficionado Martin Scorsese!) which features striking cinematography by Otto Heller (Peeping Tom, The Ipcress File).

The discs include the following bonus materials:

-Audio Commentary by Film Critic Nick Pinkerton
-Introduction by Martin Scorsese
-An Analysis by Film Critic/Author Philip Horne
-1951 Interview with Thorold Dickinson at the British Federation of Film Societies
-1968 Screening Introduction by Thorold Dickinson
-Theatrical Trailer

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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.