Criterion reissues Charles Laughton’s masterpiece, Night of the Hunter

I was all set to post something stupid tonight about Chex Mix product placement in daytime television, but then discovered, quite by accident, that one of my very favorite movies of all time, Night of the Hunter, is being reissued on DVD by the Criterion Collection tomorrow. The DVD, which you can order here, contains over two-and-a-half hours of outtakes, audio commentary by assistant director Terry Sanders, an interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez, and tons more. If you’ve never seen the film, I’d highly recommend it. And, if you know someone who loves American cinema, I can’t imagine a better Christmas gift… Here, if you’ve never seen it, is a scene I don’t think I’ve ever shared with you before. Pour yourself a big bowl of Chex Mix and check it out.

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3 Comments

  1. Knox
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    The movie did poorly a the box office upon its release and Laughton never directed again.

  2. Edward
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I’ve heard it rumored that Mitchum bullied Laughton, who was a closeted homosexual, on the set. I’ve also heard it said that he (Mitchum) is to be credited with the direction of the children. I don’t know if either rumor is true. Regardless, the end product is wonderful, and it’s a shame that Laughton never got a chance to make a second film.

  3. Kim
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always thought that the Laughton story would make a great bio pic. I don’t know who would play him, though. We don’t have stars that look like that anymore. Maybe Paul Giamati.

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