Night And The City 
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NIGHT AND THE CITY
A film by Jules Dassin
Richard Widmark delivers an indelible performance as Harry Fabian, a small-time American nightclub tout and desperate dreamer who tries to worm his way into the wrestling rackets of post-war London. In his path lie the formidable obstacles posed by a vengeful club owner (Francis Sullivan) and the racketeer Kristo (Herbert Lom). The club owner's sultry wife (Googie Withers) schemes with him and a long-suffering girlfriend (Gene Tierney) does her best to save him. Like many a noir hero before him, Harry thinks he can outrun his fate. He's wrong.
Jules Dassin, under suspicion in Hollywood for his political beliefs, made the film at great speed, shooting night scenes in a London still shattered and skeletal from wartime bombings. Adapted from the lowlife novel by Gerald Kersh, Night and the City is a baroque masterpiece of corruption, paranoia and doom.DVD extras
- Interview with Jules Dassin, commentary by Paul Duncan and comparison of US and British versions
- Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Lee Server and Paul Duncan
UK | 1950 | black & white | Optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 92 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
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The blu-ray features both British and American versions of the film as separate encodes. The US version comes off a new 4K restoration and looks expectedly marvellous with wonderful shadow-draped visuals and virtually damage-free. The LPCM audio is strong with crisp dialog and the jazzy score by Frank Waxman. I haven't seen the Brit version (which has different scenes and a different score). Supplements include separate commentaries for each version, some additional featurettes (the filmed conversation with Richard Widmark shows him to be a lovely person with a solid memory for details, a real talent for telling anecdotes and a gut busting sense of humor) and a booklet - in short, a packed to the rafters affair, highly recommended!
The film transfer is perfect and aspect ratio is near perfect, the set features a beautifully written booklet that is a delight to read and own.
Excellent example of the film noir genre and a great movie in it's own right. Highly recommended. The product itself was sharp with good sound quality.