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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV533
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137135784
  • Street Date: 10/17/23
  • PreBook Date: 09/12/23
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Run Time: 112 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1955
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Humphrey Bogart
  •       Fredric March
  •       Martha Scott
  •       Arthur Kennedy
  •       Gig Young
  •       Alan Reed
  •       Bert Freed
  •       Dewey Martin
  •       Mary Murphy
  •       Richard Eyer
  •       Robert Middleton
  •       Ray Collins
  •       Whit Bissell
  •       Ray Teal
  • Director: William Wyler


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The Desperate Hours [Limited Edition]

Three escaped convicts invade the home of a suburban family in the classic 1955 thriller starring Humphrey Bogart based on the novel by Joseph Hayes.

The Desperate Hours [Limited Edition]
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Director William Wyler (Detective Story, Roman Holiday) pairs up two Hollywood legends - Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca) and Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives) - for their only appearance together. The result is an electrifying tour de force pitting two giants of the silver screen against each other. Three escaped cons, led by the ruthless Glenn Griffin (Bogart), force their way into a suburban home, intending to hide out while they await the arrival of an all-important package. But what should have been an overnight stay extends into a protracted hostage situation, pitting Glenn against the embattled family patriarch, Daniel Hilliard (March) - a man with everything to lose. Adapted by Joseph Hayes (The Third Day) from his own novel and stage play and inspired by actual events, The Desperate Hours is a classic tale of suspense from a master filmmaker at the height of his creative powers, now fully restored from the original VistaVision negative.


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Bonus Materials

  • Brand new restoration by Arrow Films from a 6K scan of the original VistaVision negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original restored lossless mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all films
  • Brand new audio commentary by film historian Daniel Kremer
  • Trouble in Suburbia – brand new appreciation of the film by José Arroyo, Associate Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick
  • The Lonely Man – brand new visual essay by Eloise Ross, co-curator of the Melbourne Cinémathèque
  • Scaled Down and Ratcheted Up – brand new audio interview with Catherine Wyler, daughter of director William Wyler
  • Lobby cards gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Philip Kemp and Neil Sinyard

Sales Points

  • Classic, award-winning Noir for fans of The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo and Casablanca
  • Based on a true home invasion crime that later inspired The Last House on the Left
  • Humphrey Bogart in one of his finest performances under the direction of triple Oscar recipient William Wyler

Press Quotes

Desperate Hours is a surprisingly spine-chilling film, first class in every department from camera to cast

     —Brigid Murnaghan, The Village Voice

William Wyler's masterly filming of the Joseph Hayes thriller makes most of the earlier versions look like minor-league efforts. Fredric March, as the beleaguered father, gives one of the year's finest acting performances

     —Clyde Gilmour, MacLean's Magazine

William Wyler's taut direction elevates this thriller, which stars Bogart in his last screen role and Fredric March; far superior to the 1991 remake

     —Emanuel Levy, Financial Times

Humphrey Bogart is in his element as the snarling desperate fugitive... the acting was superb and the production values for this b/w film were first-class

     —Dennis Schwartz, Ozus’ World Movie News

Technical merits are solid and the supplements very enjoyable. Recommended.

     —JEFFREY KAUFFMAN, Blu-ray.com


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