Beat The Devil Blu-Ray + DVD

Beat The Devil Blu-Ray + DVD
As one of a disparate group of fortune-seekers bound for Africa, hard-up Billy Dannreuther (Humphrey Bogart) faces the swindling machinations of his fellow travellers as they await passage from a picturesque port on Italy’s Amalfi coast. But with scheming aplenty, will this motley crew miss the boat completely?
Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida and Peter Lorre join Bogart among the star-studded cast. A masterful shaggy dog story that’s part comedy and part thriller, nothing is quite what it seems as director John Huston, ably assisted on the script by none other than Truman Capote, pulls off a wry send-up of film noir, including his own The Maltese Falcon.

Extras:

• A new 4K restoration by Sony Pictures and The Film Foundation presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
• Audio commentary featuring film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman (2018)
• Audio commentary featuring cinematographer Oswald Morris, script supervisor Angela Allen and director’s assistant Jeanie Sims (2007)
• Alexander Cockburn Beat the Devil (2012, 23 mins): the writer talks about his father, Claud Cockburn, from whose novel (under the pseudonym James Helvick) the film is adapted
• By the Fireside (1945, 2 mins): an advertisement for Maypole Tea emphasising the quintessential Englishness of the afternoon tea ritual
• Atomic Achievement (1956, 20 mins): a public information film celebrating the advances of nuclear power in the UK • Stills gallery
Specifications
CastHumphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre
ColourColour
DirectorJohn Huston
Discs2
FormatDVD
FormatBlu-ray
HOH (Hard of Hearing)Yes
LanguageEnglish
RegionDVD 2
RegionBlu-Ray B
Released2022-04-25
Run Time94
Year1953

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