The Asphalt Jungle The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

John Huston

 
The Asphalt Jungle (Criterion Blu-Ray)

13 Dec 2016

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1950
  • 112 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #847

In a smog-choked city somewhere in the American Midwest, an aging criminal mastermind, newly released from prison, hatches a plan for a million-dollar jewel heist and draws a wealthy lawyer and a cherry-picked trio of outlaws into his carefully devised but inevitably doomed scheme. Anchored by an abundance of nuanced performances from a gifted ensemble—including a tight-jawed Sterling Hayden and a sultry Marilyn Monroe in her breakout role—this gritty crime classic by John Huston climaxes in a meticulously detailed anatomy of a robbery that has reverberated through the genre ever since. An uncommonly naturalistic view of a seamy underworld, The Asphalt Jungle painstakingly depicts the calm professionalism and toughness of its gangster heroes while evincing a remarkable depth of compassion for their all-too-human fragility, and it showcases a master filmmaker at the height of his powers.

Cast

Dix HandleySterling Hayden
Alonzo D. EmmerichLouis Calhern
Doll ConovanJean Hagen
Gus MinissiJames Whitmore
Doc Erwin RiedenschneiderSam Jaffe
Police Commissioner HardyJohn McIntire
CobbyMarc Lawrence
Lieutenant DitrichBarry Kelley
Louis CiavelliAnthony Caruso
Maria CiavelliTeresa Celli
Angela PhinlayMarilyn Monroe
TimmonsWilliam Davis
May EmmerichDorothy Tree
Bob BrannomBrad Dexter
Dr. SwansonJohn Maxwell

Credits

DirectorJohn Huston
Produced byArthur Hornblow Jr.
Screenplay byBed Maddow and John Huston
From a novel byW. R. Burnett
Director of photographyHarold Rosson A.S.C.
Art directorsCedric Gibbons and Randall Duell
Film editorGeorge Boemler
Music byMiklós Rózsa
Recording supervisorDouglas Shearer
Set decorationsEdwin B. Willis
Hairstyles designed bySydney Guilaroff
Makeup created byJack Dawn

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2004 by film historian Drew Casper, featuring archival recordings of actor James Whitmore
  • Pharos of Chaos, a 1983 documentary about actor Sterling Hayden
  • New interviews with film noir historian Eddie Muller and cinematographer John Bailey
  • Archival footage of writer-director John Huston discussing the film
  • Episode of the television program City Lights from 1979 featuring Huston
  • Audio excerpts of archival interviews with Huston
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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The Asphalt Jungle: “A Left-Handed Form of Human Endeavor”

By Geoffrey O’Brien December 13, 2016

John Huston’s meticulously calibrated crime film combines nail-biting suspense with a mood of Chekhovian regret. Read more »

Features

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Dark Passages: The Devil in the Details

By Imogen Sara Smith January 16, 2017

The Asphalt Jungle To make the performance of a tedious, exacting, time-consuming task riveting to watch, it is only necessary for the activity to be illegal. This is the lesson of heist movies, . . . Read more »


Video

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John Bailey Looks at The Asphalt Jungle

December 16, 2016

Earlier this week, we released our edition of John Huston’s 1950 heist film The Asphalt Jungle, whose combination of meticulous plotting and sympathetic characterization remains a blueprint for . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28690id_360_thumbnail

The Asphalt Jungle: “A Left-Handed Form of Human Endeavor”

By Geoffrey O’Brien December 13, 2016

John Huston’s meticulously calibrated crime film combines nail-biting suspense with a mood of Chekhovian regret. Read more »

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The Asphalt Jungle (Criterion DVD)

13 Dec 2016

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SRP: $29.95

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