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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
  • Directors: Charles Laughton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HVOFPD0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring assistant director Terry Sanders, film critic F. X. Feeney, archivist Robert Gitt, and author Preston Neal Jones
  • Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter,” a two-and-a-half-hour archival treasure trove of outtakes from the film
  • New documentary featuring interviews with producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Jones, and author Jeffrey Couchman
  • New video interview with Simon Callow, author of Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor
  • Clip from the The Ed Sullivan Show, in which cast members perform live a scene that was deleted from the film
  • Fifteen-minute episode of the BBC show Moving Pictures about the film
  • Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez
  • Gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb
  • New video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin about Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter”
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow

  • Editorial Reviews

    The Night of the Hunter-incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed-is truly a standalone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear, The Friends of Eddie Coyle) as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters (A Place in the Sun, The Diary of Anne Frank) are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic-also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish (Intolerance, Duel in the Sun) and writer James Agee-is cinema's quirkiest rendering of the battle between good and evil.

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    4.9 out of 5 stars
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    The only movie ever directed by Charles Laughton, it is simply a masterpiece.
    Fernando Correia
    To astonishing results, the silent film language catapults the power of the film into the ethereal.
    Mad Zack
    It is a story of seductions, as well as the seduction of both evil and of good.
    Andrew C. Miller

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark And Mandy Darling on June 18, 2014
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    Not only is this one of the best scary movies ever..It contains some of the most brilliant black and white filming you will ever witness..That is just heightened by blu ray..It is scary coz it is something that could actually happen..Even though we enjoy vampire and other monster movies that kind is something that could never happen..This has a sense of reality to it..Only complaint is the ending could have been better but please don't let that stop you from witness this masterpiece of black and white cinema..Turn off the lights (always helps in viewing blu rays) and snuggle up and enjoy :) :)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller on March 15, 2015
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    THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER [1955] [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] Towering Above All Others . . . But Greater Than Them All is The Impact of the Motion Picture Itself!

    ‘The Night of the Hunter’ incredibly, was the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed and is truly a standalone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum [‘Cape Fear’ and ‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’] as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters [‘A Place in the Sun’ and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’] are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humour, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish [‘Intolerance’ and ‘Duel in the Sun’] and writer James Agee, is cinema's quirkiest rendering of the battle between good and evil.

    FILM FACT: The film was a collaboration of Charles Laughton and screenwriter James Agee. Charles Laughton drew on the harsh, angular look of German expressionist films of the 1920s. The film's score, composed and arranged by Walter Schumann in close association with Charles Laughton, features a combination of nostalgic and expressionistic orchestral passages. The film has two original songs by Schumann, "Lullaby" (sung by Kitty White, whom Walter Schumann discovered in a nightclub) and "Pretty Fly" (originally sung by Sally Jane Bruce as Pearl, but later dubbed by an actress named Betty Benson). A recurring musical device involves the preacher making his presence known by singing the traditional hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2014
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    One of my favorite movies, this beautiful restoration is a must-have for cinema fans. Tons of extras for anyone cinema inclined.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mad Zack on August 4, 2014
    The only film Charles Laughton ever directed is a childhood night terror. This film is a nightmare, a twisted dark fairytale of juvenescent torment. A fable that is greatly inspired by the seminal silent films of the early master D.W. Griffith, The Night Of The Hunter is a visual goldmine. Robert Mitchum is absolutely perfect, dreamlike even, at his most vicious and purely evil. Instinctual like a rabid beast and sinister as the devil. All of the photography is startlingly well captured and presented. An amazing achievement from a first time director. Most of all, it is a loving homage to D.W. Griffith. Laughton successfully uses the language of the silent film era as his primary mode of communication. To astonishing results, the silent film language catapults the power of the film into the ethereal. An amazing, one of a kind experience. A magnum opus of sight and light and might. Griffith would be very proud of Laughton's film, but even more importantly, he would be terrified by it.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jared R Towler on July 24, 2014
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    The additional material here is above any I have ever seen. No matter what version of this movie you own, you must order this.
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    By Don Cheeto on July 8, 2014
    They just don't make films like this anymore. A film set way ahead of its time. If you are a fan of 1950s or black and white films this is a must have. If you like this also check out Bigger than Life
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