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Riot in Cell Block 11

Don Siegel

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

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  • United States
  • 1954
  • 80 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • 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.

Credits

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

Film Essays

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Don Siegel and Me

By Sam Peckinpah April 29, 2014

One legendary American director pays tribute to another. Read more »


Film Essays

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Riot in Cell Block 11: States of Exception

By Chris Fujiwara April 21, 2014

A real-life prison uprising inspired this two-fisted tale directed by Don Siegel, who would go on to make many more films about men in extreme situations. Read more »

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Film Essays

28551id_040_t_thumbnail

Don Siegel and Me

By Sam Peckinpah April 29, 2014

One legendary American director pays tribute to another. Read more »


Behind the Scenes


Film Essays

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Riot in Cell Block 11: States of Exception

By Chris Fujiwara April 21, 2014

A real-life prison uprising inspired this two-fisted tale directed by Don Siegel, who would go on to make many more films about men in extreme situations. Read more »

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Riot in Cell Block 11 (Criterion DVD)

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