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The Naked City (1958)

Saturday 18th October 2014

Arrow Films' Arrow Academy label is proud to announce the release of Jules Dassin's classic film noir The Naked City, making its worldwide Blu-ray debut on 27th October 2014.
Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Frank Conroy
Jules Dassin
Arrow Films
1 hour 36 minutes
27/10/2014

Arrow Films' Arrow Academy label is proud to announce the release of Jules Dassin's classic film noir The Naked City, making its worldwide Blu-ray debut on 27th October 2014. The Naked City is the latest Dassin title to join the Arrow Academy collection following Rififi and Brute Force.

The Naked City, shot partially in documentary style, was filmed on location on the streets of New York City and features landmarks such as the Williamsburg Bridge and the Whitehall Building. Winning two Academy Awards, one for cinematography and another for film editing, the film has more recently gone one to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Its visual style was inspired by New York photographer Weegee, who published a book of photographs of New York life entitled Naked City (1945). Weegee was hired as a visual consultant on the film, and is credited with helping to craft its imagery.

Both Screenwriter Albert Maltz and Dassin were to subsequently fall foul of the notorious House Un-American Activities and Dassin, himself, was forced to leave the US. It's ironic that having so clearly proved himself capable of telling us of the eight million stories of his American home, he was forced to leave that very place having only told one.

This deluxe edition will include an all-new high definition transfer of the film, alongside a wealth of extras including New York and The Naked City a newly-filmed look at New York's relationship with the moving image by Amy Taubin, a 40-minute interview with Jules Dassin at LACMA with Bruce Goldstein in which the director discusses his career and The Hollywood Ten and also the 1950 documentary short on the ten filmmakers blacklisted from Hollywood for their refusal to name names before the House of Un-American Activities, including The Naked City's screenwriter, Albert Maltz.

The disc will also feature the striking artwork by Vladimir Zimakov and an extensive booklet, including essays on the main feature by Alastair Phillips (co-author of the BFI Screen Guide, 100 Film Noirs), on Oscar-winning cinematographer by Barry Salt of the London Film School, and on the spin-off TV series by Sergio Angelini.

Jules Dassin followed up his explosive prison picture Brute Force with another slice of hard-boiled crime fiction. Within a decade he'd make Thieves' Highway, Night and the City and Rififi, thus confirming Dassin's position as one of the all-time-great film noir directors.

New York, the middle of summer. A blonde ex-model is murdered in her bathtub and detectives Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald) and Halloran (Don Taylor) are assigned to the case. Their investigation will lead them through the entire city, from Park Avenue to the Lower East Side, culminating in a thrilling climax atop the Williamsburg Bridge.

Inspired by the work of the infamous tabloid photographer Weegee, The Naked City was the first major Hollywood production to be shot entirely on the streets of New York, making use of more than a hundred authentic locations. Both its editing and its cinematographer would earn Academy Awards, while the film itself would be recognised by the Library of Congress as one of American cinema's most significant motion pictures.

  • New high definition digital transfer of the film
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Audio commentary by screenwriter Malvin Wald
  • Jules Dassin at LACMA - a 40-minute interview with Bruce Goldstein in which the director discusses his career
  • The Hollywood Ten - a 1950 documentary short on the ten filmmakers blacklisted from Hollywood for their refusal to name names before the House of Un-American Activities, including The Naked City's screenwriter, Albert Maltz
  • New York and The Naked City: A personalised history of NY on the big screen by critic Amy Taubin
  • Gallery of production stills by infamous photojournalist Weegee
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring the original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
  • Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Alastair Phillips, Barry Salt and Sergio Angelini, illustrated with original production stills

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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