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on 9 November 2016
I will only comment on the Blu ray transfer... I have the SD version from MGM Home Entertainment from 2003... so, is it worth the upgrade?
I would say NO. If you already have this SD version, I would stick with it and not double-dip for the BFI Blu ray.

There are TONS of specks, scratches and constantly flickering damage spots that simply were left alone. The SD looks about the same. The Blu ray even has blisteringly savage frame damage during several scene transitions, they are only a split second long but... C'MON! This is SUPPOSED to be a Blu ray which should be WAY above SD... it is NOT. Audio MAY be improved but only marginally.

An incredibly awesome film - locations, directing, musical performances, screenplay, lighting, cinematography etc WOW! It could have been done with much more care and restoration... sadly, it wasn't.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 January 2018
The BFI DVD/BLU RAY is very good VFM. The Blu Ray is very good quality (not quite excellent) showing the stark B/W photography of the grim NY locations to their best advantage. A good soundtrack (dialogue and music) and optional Subtitles. Load of extras as noted here on the Amazon site. The little booklet is good reading and has a full cast list. To be frank, and in a minority I feel, though Robert Wise, has paced the film exactly as he wanted, he did make the first half just a bit too slow (at least for me some 55 years later). However the final 40 mins make up for any slowness, and what really made it for me was the terrific performence from Robert Ryan as the bigot Slater. Did Ryan ever give a bad performence even in a less than good film? I don't think so! Here he is ably supported by a very sexy Shelley Winters and to a lesser degree by Gloria Grahame, giving one of her more "eccentric" performences. Ed Begley shines as the mastermind behind the bank heist. Belafonte gets top billing and was a power behind the film, and, good as he is, Ryan blew him away (well I think he did!). It's a real pleasure to find this long unseen film in both BluRay and DVD and with so many extras, I just wish I could manage 5 stars.
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on 16 December 2017
Terrific heist movie combined with a hard-edged racist subplot as Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte) and Eric Slater (Robert Ryan) are brought together by disgraced cop Dave Burke (Ed Begley) to rob an upstate New York bank. Both protagonists have their own reasons to reluctantly get involved, musician Ingram to cover ever mounting gambling debts and ex-con Slater wanting to offer a better life for his girlfriend (Shelly Winters), their characters and personal situations well developed thanks to a taut screenplay that’s complimented by stark black & white photography and an effective jazz soundtrack. There’s also fine support from Gloria Grahame and Robert Wise’s direction builds the tension to an inevitable clash of racial hatred and doomed ambition.

With over 200 minutes of Special Features and a booklet adding substantial insight to a noir that’s truly outstanding, this adds up to a fine package from BFI.
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on 27 September 2017
my dear late wife told me about this film for years! I always presumed it would be on television but it never was broadcast. High quality film that is entertaining despite packing some social commentary. Robert Ryan is highly effective as the passive agreessive bigot. expertly crafted by Robert Wise and put togehter with high quality transfer and extra's this represents excellent value and entertainment. Get and enjoy this production now!
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on 3 October 2017
A real gem! Witness a director who knows all about editing and therefore has planned his shooting style so each shot is a logical step onwards towards tragedy. The script is fine but it is the mise-en-scene that is baffling. And the music by John Lewis so cool and icy. This is a fabulous production and the extras are informative as well. Enjoy!
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on 14 February 2017
Beautiful transfer of a seminal film noir. Superb extras include a 1995 video interview with director Robert Wise and a rare audio interview with Robert Ryan circa 1969 that is worth the price of the disc. One wishes that Ryan's interviewer actually knew what he was talking about half the time, but it is scintillating to listen to one of America's most underrated actors and civil rights activist. Foster Hirsch's interview with Harry Belafonte donated courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation.
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on 10 November 2016
BFI's release of this cracking noir thriller is excellent and comes with great extras. Film is in 4:3 black and white.
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on 4 December 2017
Good movie good cast
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on 6 April 2018
Classic
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on 15 December 2016
Film Noir in the late fifties, unbelievable.
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