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.