The Naked City

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MGM Home Entertainment
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Jules Dassin followed up his explosive prison picture Brute Force with another slice of hard-boiled crime fiction. Within a decade he d make Thieves Highway, Night and the City and Rififi, thus confirming Dassin s position as one of the all-time-great film noir directors.

New York, the middle of summer. A blonde ex-model is murdered in her bathtub and detectives Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) and Halloran (Don Taylor) are assigned to the case. Their investigation will lead them through the entire city, from Park Avenue to the Lower East Side, culminating in a thrilling climax atop the Williamsburg Bridge.

Inspired by the work of the infamous tabloid photographer Weegee, The Naked City was the first major Hollywood production to be shot entirely on the streets of New York, making use of more than a hundred authentic locations. Both its editing and its cinematographer would earn Academy Awards, while the film itself would be recognised by the Library of Congress as one of American cinema s most significant motion pictures.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray/DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , English 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 2/B
Discs: 2 Discs |  DVD-9/BD-50

Supplements

  • Audio commentary by screenwriter Malvin Wald
  • Jules Dassin at LACMA a 40-minute interview with Bruce Goldstein in which the director discusses his career
  • The Hollywood Ten a 1950 documentary short on the ten filmmakers blacklisted from Hollywood for their refusal to name names before the House of Un-American Activities, including The Naked City's screenwriter, Albert Maltz
  • Gallery of production stills by infamous photojournalist Weegee
  • Theatrical trailer for The Naked City
  • Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Alastair Phillips, Barry Salt and Sergio Angelini, illustrated with original production stills

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