They Live by Night is an exquisite stage-setter for Nicholas Ray’s career that has never looked better on home video.
It marks the true beginning of Hitchcock’s impressive run of subversively obsessive American horror films.
The body of Ray’s best work reveals a laudable consistency of viewpoint, thematic cohesion, and aesthetic distinctiveness.
A standard-bearer for the 1980s slasher era, it creeps onto Blu-ray with all its brainless, sanguine pleasures lovingly restored in commendable clarity.
With this fourth volume in the Film Noir Classics series, you must take the good with the bad.
The elephant in Rope‘s posh Manhattan apartment isn’t the strangled corpse stashed in a trunk.
Hitchcock’s experiment goes beyond look-ma-no-cuts stunt and into a suffocating moral inquiry.
In Hitchcock’s gay burlesque, Farley Granger learns the hard way not to lick what he can’t swallow.
It’s nothing more complicated than one elongated gay cruise joke-cum-horror story.