They Live by Night (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

They Live by Night (1948)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
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They Live by Night Blu-ray
Criterion | 1948 | 95 min | Not rated | Jun 13, 2017

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515198615

They Live by Night (1948)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray

After an unjust prison sentence, a young innocent gets mixed-up with hardened criminals and a violent escape.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Writers: Edward Anderson, Charles Schnee, Nicholas Ray
Starring: Cathy O'Donnell, Farley Granger, Jay C. Flippen, Howard Da Silva, Helen Craig, Will Wright

They Live by Night

Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America's outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie's fellow outlaws, who aren't about to let him go straight, they realize there's nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider's sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.

Special Features:
- NEW 2K DIGITAL RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring film historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger
- New video interview with film critic Imogen Sara Smith
- Short piece from 2007 with film critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone, and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
- Illustrated audio interview excerpts from 1956 with producer John Houseman
- PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz


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