They Live By Night (The Criterion Collection)

They Live By Night (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Release Date: June 13, 2017
Studio: Criterion Collection
Actors: Farley Granger, Cathy O Donnell
Directors: Nicholas Ray
Runtime: 95 minutes
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie s fellow outlaws, who aren t about to let him go straight, they realize there s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider s sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.

-New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
-Audio commentary featuring film historian Eddie Muller and actor Farley Granger
-New video interview with film critic Imogen Sara Smith
-Short piece from 2007 with film critic Molly Haskell, filmmakers Christopher Coppola and Oliver Stone, and film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
-Illustrated audio interview excerpts from 1956 with producer John Houseman
-PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Bernard Eisenschitz