Mike (Burt Lancaster) is the master of trapeze in a circus, but is severely injured after an accident while attempting a dangerous triple mid-air somersault. Tino (Tony Curtis) is an aspiring aerialist who is determined to learn the death-defying trick and persuades Mike to teach him. The pair become firm friends but their relationship is threatened by the arrival Lola (Gina Lollobrigida), a beautiful and driven acrobat.
Originally released back in 1956 and based on Max Catto's novel The Killing Frost, Trapeze was directed by Carol Reed (The Third Man, Oliver), an uncredited Ben Hecht (Scarface, The Front Page) and Wolf Mankowitz (The Day the Earth Caught Fire) and was co-produced by an also uncredited Burt Lancaster. Lancaster himself started out as a circus acrobat from which he retired due to injury, and in Trapeze did all of his own stunt work, including the climactic triple flip that injures Mike.
Trapeze will be released on UK DVD on 30th July 2012 by Second Sight at the RRP of £15.99, one presumes in its original CinemaScope ratio.
As with many Second Sight discs of later, no extras have been listed, so here's the original trailer, which is narrated by what sounds like a circus ringmaster: