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Odd Man Out

Carol Reed

Odd Man Out (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1947
  • 116 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #754

Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed’s psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks refuge throughout the city, while the woman he loves (Kathleen Ryan) searches for him among the shadows. Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker (who would collaborate again on The Third Man) create images of stunning depth for this fierce, spiritual depiction of a man’s ultimate confrontation with himself.


DirectorCarol Reed
Produced byCarol Reed
Associate producerPhil C. Samuel
ScreenplayF. L. Green and R. C. Sherriff
Based on the novel byF. L. Green
Director of photographyRobert Krasker
EditorFergus McDonell
Music composed byWilliam Alwyn
Conducted byMuir Mathieson
Played byThe London Symphony Orchestra
Production decorRoger Furse
Art directorRalph Brinton
Camera operatorRussell Thomson
Sound recordistsA. Fisher and Desmond Dew
Sound editorHarry Miller
Production managerFrank Bevis
Assistant directorMark Evans
ContinuityOlga Brooks
BackingsE. Lindegaard
Irish advisersCecil Ford and Joseph Tomelty
Special effectsStanley Grant and Bill Warrington

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with British cinema scholar John Hill, author of Cinema and Northern Ireland: Film, Culture and Politics
  • Postwar Poetry, a new short documentary about the film
  • New interview with music scholar Jeff Smith about composer William Alwyn and his score
  • Home, James, a 1972 documentary featuring actor James Mason revisiting his hometown
  • Radio adaptation of the film from 1952, starring Mason and Dan O’Herlihy
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Big Screen


Repertory Pick: Carol Reed in Chicago

November 10, 2016

This weekend, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in Chicago, Illinois, will screen Carol Reed’s 1947 film Odd Man Out as part of its Brit Noir series. Based on a novel by F. L. Green, this stark . . . Read more »

Three Reasons

Big Screen


Odd Man Out: Death and the City

By Imogen Sara Smith April 14, 2015

Before he turned Vienna into a labyrinth of shadows with The Third Man, Carol Reed brought film noir to Belfast for this stylishly fatalistic tale of a man caught up in political violence. Read more »

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Odd Man Out (Criterion DVD)


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