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Described by Steven Spielberg as one of our great filmmakers, not just for the art and passion he put on screen, but for the impact he has made on the conscience of the world , the films of producer and director Stanley Kramer ( The Defiant Ones, Guess Who s Coming to Dinner) frequently confronted social issues considered too controversial for the major studios. In Inherit the Wind he tackled the creationism vs. evolution debate.
When a teacher in a small Tennessee town is brought to trial for teaching Darwinism, attorney Henry Drummond ( Spencer Tracy, Bad Day at Black Rock) faces off against fundamentalist leader Matthew Harrison Brady ( Frederic March, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) in an explosive battle of beliefs.
Also operating as a searing critique of McCarthyism, Inherit the Wind was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, and is rightfully recognised as one of the most entertaining, and provocative films of its era. Eureka Classics is proud to present Inherit the Wind for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Dual Format edition.
DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES
- LIMITED EDITION Collector s Booklet (First Pressing Only)
- 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
- Uncompressed LPCM audio (on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- A new video interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
- Original theatrical trailer
Gripping in its old-fashioned way, thanks chiefly to old pro performances from Tracy and March as the rival lawyers and ideologists --Time Out
"Mr. Kramer has wonderfully accomplished not only a graphic fleshing of his theme but he also has got one of the most brilliant and engrossing displays of acting ever witnessed on the screen --The New York Times
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This is a fine courtroom drama and much more, pitting theology against science. Filmed in B&W, Spencer Tracy heads an entirely believable cast of characters, who work a witty and insightful script to the full. An unexpected surprise is Gene Kelly featured in a rare straight role as a cynical reporter. The plot is based upon a true case of a US teacher prosecuted for teaching evolution at school (John Thomas Scopes in Tennessee - in the 20th century, would you believe).
Kramer's is a timeless movie where the pyrotechnics are exclusively cerebral. If anyone thinks that special-effects and big bangs are needful entertainment, this is the stuff to prove the opposite. I just thought the ending flagged a little.
The DVD supplied by Amazon was satisfactory in all respects. Soundtrack is claimed to have been restored, but is still in original mono. Run-time is given as 123mins, Viewer rating is `U'. There are no extras.
Recommended. Less than  quid at time of purchase.
From the outset, the town is divided: the majority are in favour of Christian teaching and values and even march around the town proclaiming that they'll hang the schoolteacher; pretty violent stuff for a supposedly forgiving religion. Was this the birth of religious extremism?
The trial is a farce, as well as a show. However, despite the passion and fervent attempts to see justice stifled, the defence continues. The heat is unbearable - both weather and atmospherically.
The scriptwriting is perfection; the acting flawless and the entire film is an absolute masterpeice; a story that simply must be told - and understood - for future generations. It is a story that has significance even (and especially) in the so-called modern world. When fanatics are allowed to do as they please, it is frightening to see how their own prejudices and stupidity mirror precisely the very things they purport to stand against. Watch this film and be afraid: it could still happen again!
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