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Kirk Douglas (Spartacus) gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Billy Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred look at the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time.
Restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray.Audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard. Portrait of a “60% Perfect Man”: Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment. Interview with actor Kirk Douglas from 1984. Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute. Excerpts from an audio interview with Wilder’s co-screenwriter Walter Newman, Video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee, Stills gallery, Trailer, PLUS: Essays by critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin
I like to think of "Ace in the Hole" as a spiritual predecessor to one of my favourite films, "Network". Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2008 by Walter Kovacs