Riot In Cell Block 11: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1954) / Region 1
Riot In Cell Block 11: The Criterion Collection

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Riot In Cell Block 11: The Criterion Collection

Early in his career, Don Siegel made his mark with this sensational and high-octane but economically constructed drama set in a maximum-security penitentiary. Riot in Cell Block 11, the brainchild of producer extraordinaire Walter Wanger, is a ripped-from-the-headlines social-problem picture about prisoners rights that was inspired by a recent spate of uprisings in American prisons. In Siegels hands, the film, shot on location at Folsom State Prison, with real inmates and guards as extras, is at once brash and humane, showcasing the hard-boiled visual flair and bold storytelling for which the director would become known.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 28 2014
  • Production Year 1954
  • Empire SKU 1687607
  • UPC Code 715515117814
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


New 2k Digital Restoration, With Uncompressed Monaural Soundtrack On The Blu-Ray.
New Audio Commentary By Film Scholar Matthew H. Bernstein
Excerpts From The Director's 1993 Autobiography, A Siegel Film, Read By His Son Kristoffer Tabori
Excerpts From Stuart Kaminsky's 1974 Book Don Siegel: Director, Read By Tabori
Excerpts From The 1953 NBC Radio Documentary Series "The Challenge Of Our Prisons"
A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Critic Chris Fujiwara, A 1954 Article By Producer Walter Wanger, And An Excerpt From 1974 Tribute To Siegel By Filmmaker Sam Peckinpah


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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