Riot in Cell Block 11 Film Still

Riot in Cell Block 11

Don Siegel

Riot in Cell Block 11 (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

22 Apr 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

2 Discs

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Criterion Store price:$31.96

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  • United States
  • 1954
  • 80 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #704

Early in his career, Don Siegel made his mark with this sensational and high-octane but economically constructed drama set in a maximum-security penitentiary. Riot in Cell Block 11, the brainchild of producer extraordinaire Walter Wanger, is a ripped-from-the-headlines social-problem picture about inmates’ rights that was inspired by a recent spate of uprisings in American prisons. In Siegel’s hands, the film, shot on location at Folsom State Prison, with real inmates and guards as extras, is at once brash and humane, showcasing the hard-boiled visual flair and bold storytelling for which the director would become known.


Produced byWalter Wanger
DirectorDon Siegel
Story and screenplayRichard Collins
Photographed byRussell Harlan
Film editorBruce B. Pierce
Music composed and conducted byHerschel Burke Gilbert
OrchestrationsJoseph Mullendore
Production managerAllen K. Wood
Unit managerRichard Maybery
Assistant directorAusten Jewell
Art directorDavid Milton
Recorded byPaul Schmutz Sr.
Set directorRobert Priestley
Set continuityBill Hole
Special effectsRay Mercer
Assistant to Mr. SiegelSam Peckinpah

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary by film scholar Matthew H. Bernstein
  • Excerpts from the director’s 1993 autobiography, A Siegel Film, read by his son Kristoffer Tabori
  • Excerpts from Stuart Kaminsky’s 1974 book Don Siegel: Director, read by Tabori
  • Excerpts from the 1953 NBC radio documentary series The Challenge of Our Prisons
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara, a 1954 article by producer Walter Wanger (dual-format only), and a 1974 tribute to Siegel by filmmaker Sam Peckinpah (dual-format only)

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Other Editions

Riot in Cell Block 11 (Criterion DVD)

22 Apr 2014


1 Disc

SRP: $24.95

Criterion Store price:$19.96

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