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Robert Siodmak’s Cry of the City on Blu-ray and DVD in August

27 July 2016

A masterpiece of law and disorder, Robert Siodmak’s film noir classic Cry of the City depicts a timeless struggle between good and evil on the streets of New York. Charismatic criminal, Martin Rome (Richard Conte) is on the run from Lieutenant Candella (Victor Mature), a dogged cop and onetime friend. The two nemeses go head-to-head in a tense game of cat and mouse, leading to a dramatic showdown.

Insolent, menacing yet darkly charming, Conte is magnificent, whilst Mature gives a career best performance as the unsettlingly obsessed detective. Cry of the City boasts a glorious gallery of shady figures, from a lawyer oozing corruption to a memorably sadistic masseuse, whilst the film’s steely realism is enhanced by flourishes of noir stylisation, anticipating the films of Martin Scorsese.

Cry of the City Blu-ray

After its welcome theatrical release last year, the BFI brings Cry of the City to both Blu-ray (in High Definition) and DVD formats on 22nd August 2016 at the RRP of £19.99 for either the Blu-ray or the DVD.

Special features:

  • Original theatrical trailer

  • Audio commentary by Adrian Martin

  • Adrian Wootton on Cry of the City (2016, 26 mins): a newly filmed appreciation by the critic and chief executive of Film London

  • Illustrated booklet with full film credits and new writing by Frank Krutnik