Sweet Smell Of Success

1 x Blu-ray

Main Details
Identifying Codes
Barcode 7 15515 06791 1
ISBN 978-1-60465-386-1
Catalog Number CC1979BD
Criterion Collection Spine # 555
Language English
Subtitles English SDH
Region A
Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
Colour Black & White
Audio Monaural
Run Time 96 minutes
Colour Encoding NTSC
MPAA Not Rated
Notes In the swift, cynical "Sweet Smell of Success", directed by Alexander Mackendrick, Burt Lancaster stars as the vicious Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent Hunsecker ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister. Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue, in an acid, brilliantly structured script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, "Sweet Smell of Success" is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan.

Exclusive new digital restoration from the original 35 mm camera negative, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New audio commentary featuring film scholar James Naremore
"Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away", a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and others
"James Wong Howe: Cinematographer", a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe
New video interview with film critic and historian Neal Gabler ("Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity") about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker
New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Giddins, notes about the film and two short stories introducing its characters by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, and an excerpt about Clifford Odets from Mackendrick’s book "On Film-making", introduced by the book's editor, Paul Cronin
New cover by Sean Phillips
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