They Live By Night: Criterion Collection (1948)
Tuesday 3rd March 2020
Legendary director Nicholas Ray (In a Lonely Place, Rebel Without a Cause) began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America's outcasts and underdogs.
When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Rope's Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Ben-Hur's Cathy O'donnell), each recognises something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie's fellow outlaws, who aren't about to let him go straight, they realise there's nowhere left to run.
Ray brought an outsider's sensibility honed in the theatre to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.
With a new 2K digital restoration, They Live By Night is released ob Blu-ray 20th April 2020 as as part of the Criterion Collection from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
- New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring film historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger
- New video interview with film critic Imogen Sara Smith
- Short piece from 2007 with film critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone, and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
- Illustrated audio interview excerpts from 1956 with producer John Houseman
- New essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz
Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.