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Ace in the Hole (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: May 6 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IGK6T9W
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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.

Special Features

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 22 2010
Format: DVD
The Criterion Collection presents "ACE IN THE HOLE" (1951) (111 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Also released as "The Big Carnival", this disturbing noir tells of a frustrated former big-city journalist who is now stuck working for a small Albuquerque newspaper --- He sees his chance of returning to the big time when he exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Oscar nominated for Best Screenplay --- Powerful portrayal by Kirk Douglas joining "Detective Story" of the same year as two of the very best from Kirk.

Under the production staff of:
Billy Wilder [Director/Screenplay/Producer]
Lesser Samuels [Screenwriter]
Walter Newman [Screenwriter]
Victor Desny [Story]
William Schorr [Associate Producer]
Hugo Friedhofer [Original Film Score]
Charles Lang [Cinematographer]
Arthur P. Schmidt [Film Editor]

1. Billy Wilder [Director]
Date of Birth: 22 June 1906 - Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary [now Sucha Beskidzka, Malopolskie, Poland]
Date of Death: 27 March 2002 - West Los Angeles, California

2. Kirk Douglas [aka: Issur Danielovitch Demsky]
Date of Birth: 9 December 1916 - Amsterdam, New York
Date of Death: Still Living

3. Jan Sterling [aka: Jane Sterling Adriance]
Date of Birth: 3 April 1921 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 26 March 2004, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

the cast includes:
Kirk Douglas - Chuck Tatum
Jan Sterling - Lorraine Minosa
Robert Arthur - Herbie Cook (as Bob Arthur)
Porter Hall - Jacob Q. Boot
Frank Cady - Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Zegarac on May 16 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ace in the Hole is a scathing indictment of the media's ability to transform one man's tragedy into a national three ring circus media event. Alas, its prophetic statement - deemed ridiculous in 1951 - has since come to pass. We're through the looking glass on this one, people. Kirk Douglas gives us a scathing central performance so contemptibly corrupt and morally bankrupt, he chills to the bone.

Criterion's new restoration looks solid for the most part. But the credits continue to be marred by excessive dirt and scratches while the rest of the feature is plagued by marginal, though reoccurring, edge enhancement. Otherwise, this one's up to Criterion's usual high standards and packed with some 'must have' extras, including an hour long interview with Wilder and snippets of interviews from other collaborators. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kai Wang on Sept. 29 2014
Format: DVD
A great visionary film with only one small but significant flaw:
By 1950, penicillin was widely used to combat infections such as pneumonia (long before drug resistance microbes became a major concern). So if they could send oxygen, food and coffee to the poor trapped man in the mine, they could surely have given him antibiotic to fight his pneumonia to buy time for the rescue effort ?????

Everything else was done wonderfully, the performances mesmerizing and truly memorable....
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