Small Back Room, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1949) / Region 1
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Small Back Room, The: The Criterion Collection

After the lavish Technicolor spectacle of The Red Shoes, British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger retreated into the inward, shadowy recesses of this moody, crackling character study. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nigel Balchin, The Small Back Room details the professional and personal travails of troubled, alcoholic research scientist and military bomb-disposal expert Sammy Rice (David Farrar), who, while struggling with a complex relationship with secretary-girlfriend Susan (Kathleen Byron), is hired by the government to advise on a dangerous new German weapon. Frank and intimate, deftly mixing suspense and romance, The Small Back Room is an atmospheric, post-World War II gem.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 19 2008
  • Production Year 1949
  • Empire SKU 1408492
  • UPC Code 715515031226
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL

Features

- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- Audio commentary featuring film scholar Charles Barr
- New video interview with cinematographer Chris Challis
- Excerpts from Michael Powell's audio dictations for his autobiography
- PLUS: A new essay by film critic Nick James

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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