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Shock Corridor

1998 Edition
Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Samuel Fuller
Starring: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes, Larry Tucker, Paul Dubov, Chuck Roberson, Neyle Morrow, John Matthews, William Zuckert, John Craig, Philip Ahn, Frank Gerstle
1964 | 91 Minutes | Licensor: F&F Productions

Release Information
DVD | MSRP: $29.95 | Series: The Criterion Collection | Edition: #19 | Out of print
RLJ Entertainment

Release Date: August 25, 1998
Review Date: December 21, 2010

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SYNOPSIS

Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, a reporter has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, madness closes in on him. Writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and dementia. Criterion is proud to present Shock Corridor in a gorgeous, black and white widescreen transfer with its rarely seen color sequences.

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PICTURE

Sam Fullerís Shock Corridor first appeared on DVD through Criterion in this 1998 edition in its original aspect ratio of about 1.85:1 on a single-layer disc. The transfer has not been enhanced for widescreen televisions.

Itís a good thing Criterion is revisiting this one since itís one of their weakest transfers. The black and white image is laced with halos and edge-enhancement, jagged edges, and shimmering effects. Sharpness and detail varies, looking pretty strong on close-ups, but everything becomes an indistinguishable mess in long shots. The print isnít as bad as I would have originally expected but itís still in fairly rough condition with scratches and marks.

Pretty bad in the end and certainly open to improvement. Iím looking forward to seeing how much Criterion can improve it with their upcoming Blu-ray edition.

3/10

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AUDIO

Criterionís DVD for The Naked Kiss, which was released the same day as this one, had a poor track because it was weak, but this releaseís track is poor because itís way too strong. Distortion and harshness is a fairly common problem throughout, with some screeching highs in music. Though at least dialogue is still somewhat distinguishable (which is good since the disc doesnít come with English subtitles.)

3/10

SUPPLEMENTS

And similar to most of Criterionís early lower-tier releases thereís only a theatrical trailer for the film, which is at least interesting. But we also at least get a nice essay on Fuller by director Tim Hunter in the insert.

1/10

CLOSING

Lackluster, and even at $29.95 it was a rip-off. Poor transfer and the lack of supplements make this edition skippable. Thankfully Criterion is re-releasing this film on DVD and Blu-ray.


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