Night Of The Hunter, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1955) / Region A
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 1547570
  • UPC Code 715515064514
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Audio commentary featuring second-unit director Terry Sanders, film critic F. X. Feeney, archivist Robert Gitt, and author Preston Neal Jones
two-and-a-half-hour treasure trove of outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage
New documentary
New video interview with Laughton biographer Simon Callow
Clip from the The Ed Sullivan Show
Fifteen-minute episode of the BBC show Moving Pictures about the film
Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez
Gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb, author of the source novel
New video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin
Original theatrical trailer
Plus: A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow


  • Audio
    English PCM Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 B&W

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