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The Asphalt Jungle

Spine #847



Release:
Dec 13, 2016
$29.95

Number of Discs: 2

Specs
  • 1.37:1 Standard
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

The Asphalt Jungle

Other Versions:

Blu-ray


Directed By: John Huston
Licensor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment




In a smog-choked city somewhere in the American Midwest, an aging criminal mastermind, newly released from prison, hatches a plan for a million-dollar jewel heist and draws a wealthy lawyer and a cherry-picked trio of outlaws into his carefully devised but inevitably doomed scheme. Anchored by an abundance of nuanced performances from a gifted ensemble—including a tight-jawed Sterling Hayden and a sultry Marilyn Monroe in her breakout role—this gritty crime classic by John Huston climaxes in a meticulously detailed anatomy of a robbery that has reverberated through the genre ever since. An uncommonly naturalistic view of a seamy underworld, The Asphalt Jungle painstakingly depicts the calm professionalism and toughness of its gangster heroes while evincing a remarkable depth of compassion for their all-too-human fragility, and it showcases a master filmmaker at the height of his powers.

Supplements
  • Audio commentary from 2004 by film historian Drew Casper, featuring recordings of actor James Whitmore
  • New interviews with film noir historian Eddie Muller and cinematographer John Bailey
  • Archival footage of writer-director John Huston discussing the film
  • Pharos of Chaos, a 1983 documentary about actor Sterling Hayden
  • Episode of the television program City Lights from 1979 featuring John Huston
  • Audio excerpts of archival interviews with John Huston
  • Excerpts from footage of the 1983 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony honoring John Huston, featuring actor Sam Jaffe and the filmmaker
  • Trailer
  • An essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien

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