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Ace In The Hole (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] 
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Synopsis: Since re-emerging in the 2000s, Billy Wilder's superb Ace in the Hole, so ahead of its time in the 1950s with its acidic and unflinching examination of journalistic ethics and human morality, has taken its place alongside Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, or Some Like It Hot as among the director's greatest works.
In one of the most powerhouse performances in American screen-acting, the great Kirk Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum, a newspaper reporter who stumbles upon a potentially career-making story in Albuquerque, New Mexico (nearly sixty years later, the setting for Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad). When Tatum begins to influence the story's outcome, a descent beings that finds more than one man caught between a rock and a hard place.
An electric narrative that stands as one of Wilder's tautest and most (melo)dramatic plots (penned with Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman), Ace in the Hole plays today as a prescient examination of the modern media landscape, and the public appetite for the disastrous news-story that leads to toxic wish-fulfilment. - "I can handle big news and little news. And if there's no news, I'll go out and bite a dog. " - The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present our third major Billy Wilder release with this stunning Blu-ray edition of Ace in the Hole.
- Gorgeous 1080p transfer of the film, and progressive encode on the DVD
- New and exclusive video interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
- Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man: Billy Wilder, a 59 minute documentary / discussion with Wilder
- Original theatrical trailer
- 32-PAGE BOOKLET featuring an essay on the film by critic Emmanuel Burdeau, and rare archival imagery
[The film] hasn't aged because Wilder and his co-writers ... were so lean and mean [with their dialogue, and Kirk Douglas'] focus and energy ... is almost scary. There is nothing dated about [his] performance. It's as right-now as a sharpened knife. - Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
Cold, lurid and fascinating. - Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader
As a diatribe against all that is worst in human nature, it has moments dipped in pure vitriol. - Time Out London
More than 50 years after the film's release, when magazines compete to come up with the cattiest buzz terms and giddily celebrate the demise of celebrity relationships for boffo bucks, Ace in the Hole feels more relevant than ever. - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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She’s not a woman, she’s a dame. He is hard boiled. The cooking of a story. Silent movie close-ups. Shifting sympathies. Vultures on the mountain. Everyone has lost their way. Led by written words on a windswept page.
2017 newspapers follow the lead. Strap lines made to order. Danger on one side. Safety the other. The cooking of a story. Make-up for the front page. The circus is in town. Ordinary folk, ripe for leading.
Not a classic movie but it is a great script. This edition has three discs. The blu ray of the movie and the dvd of the movie are almost indistinguishable from each other on big screen projection. Third disc is a dvd of extras including one hour documentary on Billy Wilder which opens with movie biog and into interviews with Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau and Wilder with accent. Very impressive listening and watching them talk about him. He tells his story. A story which made me watch The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes again. For the first time. Indeed it is this documentary that persuades me to give the presentation five not four stars.
Would also add that the enclosed booklet contains an excellent analysis of the film and Wilder's oeuvre called A Circulation Builder by Emmanuel Burdeau. The connection with Lubitsch takes it beyond my depth of film knowledge. The film I would compare Ace in the Hole to is Paul Newman's Hud. A far better piece of real cinema and real America. The moral bottom is also clearly in sight with Hud.
You catch me with yesterday’s story of a burger bar visit still part of me. It shook me up. It was only the young female walking away from behind the till but a young male came back. It really shook me up. I stuttered and fluttered my simple one drink order. Once received I found a corner and donned my earphones. Shortly a splash upon my foot. A mop beside me. I looked up, a female blank stare. I watched the world in the car park outside. No old cars these days I thought as I listened to Wishbone Ash, head nodding in sync.
The yellow cones went near me. The place was empty but I was sectioned. I never moved my foot. Not until I had finished my drink. I gathered my meagre things. I stood up. I walked beside the tables. A figure, a female figure stood beside my way. I never glanced at the face. My music still playing. The doors. It was her dime.
Vote how you like but do not be conned. Pain is on its way. If nobody represents you. Your story does not exist. Barred from places.
The filming is in black and white but has a sharpness and vibrancy about it and all the supporting performances are excellent.
My dual edition copy come with a separate disc which features a 60 minute documentary on Mr Wilder and that is a great watch in itself.
All in all a great edition to my film library.
Douglas, as a fading journalist, exploits the situation of a man trapped in a cave and keeps him there for his own selfish ends instead of trying to help others to get him out.
Wider was a Master of Cinema and this is one of his most important films.
The film provides as effective a depiction of 'popular press exploitation' as any in cinema history, as newspaper reporter Douglas looks to exploit the tragic situation of a store owner trapped in an underground cave in the remote New Mexico town of Albuquerque. Given the current News International controversy this is a particularly topical subject, and Wilder treats it in a scathing and brilliant manner, with very few redeeming features. Douglas' central performance pretty much carries the entire film. There is some able support from Porter Hall as his newspaper boss, but otherwise the supporting performances are relatively uninspiring e.g. from Jan Sterling as the wife of the trapped man and from Robert Arthur as Douglas' newspaper assistant. The slow build up from what is initially a handful of spectators to the unfolding tragedy, to ultimately a watching population of many hundreds of people from across the US is spectacular and brilliantly done.
The film also contains one of the most dramatic (and superbly shot) endings in Hollywood cinema.
If you haven't seen it you've got a treat in store when you do.
There's a substantial booklet with the blu ray but unfortunately it's taken up with a preposterous,pretentious essay by a French film critic. Bull.... in other words.A wasted opportunity (and a waste of paper!).
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