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Big Clock, The [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 134 ratings

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Editorial Reviews

Adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Jonathan Latimer from a novel by the equally renowned crime author Kenneth Fearing, The Big Clock is a superior suspense film which classily combines screwball comedy with heady thrills.

Overworked true crime magazine editor George Stroud (Ray Milland, The Lost Weekend, The Pyjama Girl Case) has been planning a vacation for months. However, when his boss, the tyrannical media tycoon Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton, Witness for the Prosecution), insists he skips his holiday, Stroud resigns in disgust before embarking on an impromptu drunken night out with his boss's mistress, Pauline York (Rita Johnson, The Major and the Minor). When Janoth kills Pauline in a fit of rage, Stroud finds himself to have been the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time: his staff have been tasked with finding a suspect with an all too familiar description... Stroud s very own!

Directed with panache by John Farrow (Around the World in 80 Days), who stylishly renders the film s towering central set, the Janoth Building, The Big Clock benefits from exuberant performances by Ray Milland and Charles Laughton, who make hay with the script s snappy dialogue. A huge success on its release, it is no wonder this fast-moving noir was remade years later as the Kevin Costner vehicle No Way Out.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Turning Back the Clock, a newly filmed analysis of the film by the critic and chief executive of Film London, Adrian Wootton
  • A Difficult Actor, a newly filmed appreciation of Charles Laughton and his performance in The Big Clock by the actor, writer, and theatre director Simon Callow
  • Rare hour-long 1948 radio dramatization of The Big Clock by the Lux Radio Theatre, starring starring Ray Milland
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Gallery of original stills and promotional materials
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Christina Newland

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    D J Jackson: Passionate about Film.
    5.0 out of 5 stars SUPREMELY STYLISH, PACY, NOIR-STYLE THRILLER IS AN UNDER-VALUED GEM.
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2019
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    4.0 out of 5 stars THE BIG CLOCK ARROW BLURAY (Review has very very minor spoilers - no honestly! )
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2019
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious noir thriller
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 19, 2016
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Clock [DVD] 1948 [ Region 1 ] [U.S. Import ] [ NTSC]
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2010
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    SUE, SHROPSHIRE
    5.0 out of 5 stars this is surely Ray Milland's best film to date
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2013
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good thriller, this movie was way ahead of its ...
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2017
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    DJ
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great cast & a nicely ironic plot.
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 30, 2016
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    Blix
    4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable if slow.
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2017
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 3, 2013
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Tick Tock
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2014
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2015
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch noir thriller with "great everything!!!"
    Reviewed in Canada on June 17, 2018
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Una trama dall'esito geniale
    Reviewed in Italy on July 29, 2015
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    RUBEN PEREZ MAILLO
    5.0 out of 5 stars Puro cine negro
    Reviewed in Spain on February 25, 2014
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    Samuel Barber
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ray Milland and Charles Laughton
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2014
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