Ace in the Hole (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]
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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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....
Criterion's upcoming release of this great film is definitely cause for celebration.