Night Of The Hunter, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1955) / Region 1
Night Of The Hunter, The: The Criterion Collection

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Night Of The Hunter, The: The Criterion Collection

The Night Of The Hunter - incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed - is truly a standalone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear, The Friends Of Eddie Coyle) as a traveling preacher named Harry

Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters (A Place In The Sun, The Diary Of Anne Frank) are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic - also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish (Intolerance, Duel In The Sun) and writer James Agee - is cinema's quirkiest rendering of the battle between good and evil.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 19 2010
  • Production Year 1955
  • Empire SKU 1547569
  • UPC Code 715515064613
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Disc One:
New, Restored Digital Transfer
Audio Commentary Featuring Second-Unit Director Terry Sanders, Film Critic F.X. Feeney, Archivist Robert Gill, And Author Preston Neal Jones
New Documentary Featuring Interviews With Producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Feeney, Jones, And Author Jeffrey Couchman
New Video Interview With Laughton Biographer Simon Callow
Clip From The Ed Sullivan Show In Which Cast Members Perform A Scenes Deleted From The Film
Fifteen-Minute Archival Documentary About The Film, Featuring Robert Mitchum
Archival Interview With Cinematographer Stanley Cortez
Gallery Of Sketches By Davis Grubb, Author Of The Source Novel
Original Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two:
Charles Laughton Directs "The Night Of The Hunter." A Two-And-A-Half-Hour Treasure Trove Of Outtakes And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
New Video Conversation Between Gift And Film Critic Leonard Maltin About Charles Laughton Directs
Plus: A Booklet Featuring Essays By Critics Terrence Rafferty And Michael Sragow


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 B&W (Anamorphic)

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