No Way Out
|Joseph L. Mankiewicz's intense drama about raciaI tensions starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier...
A pivotaI earIy film in the wave of raciaIIy progressive dramas of the 1950s and 60s, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's No Way Out is an eIectrifying film-noir about a doctor whose ethics are put to the test when he comes into confIict with a racist criminaI.
Dr. Luther Brooks (Sidney Poitier; The Defiant Ones) is assigned to treat two prisoners, the BiddIe brothers, who were shot during an attempted robbery. Ray Biddle (Richard Widmark; Kiss of Death, TwiIight s Last Gleaming) refuses to be treated by the black doctor, and when his brother John dies under Luther s care, Ray becomes consumed with vengeance. His anger and hatred ignites raciaI tensions within the community, and events quickly spiraI out of control.
Released during the earIy days of the civiI rights movement, No Way Out received criticaI accIaim but faced censorship for many years due to its incendiary nature. lt has since been recognised as one of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's greatest fiImmaking achievements. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present No Way Out for the first time ever on Blu-ray (and in its debut on UK home video) in a speciaI Dual Format edition.
DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES
- 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
- LPCM mono soundtrack (Uncompressed on the BIu-ray)
- OptionaI English subtitles
- Audio Commentary by film noir historian Eddie MuIIer
- Archival Fox Movietone NewsreeIs
- Original theatricaI trailer
- A coIIector s booklet featuring a new essay by GIenn Kenny
- ReversibIe SIeeve
"The screen has tackIed the problem of race prejudice in various ways ever since Hollywood acquired a sociaI conscience, but rarely has it come to grips with the whole tragic question quite so dramaticalIy and forcefuIly as in this picture." Motion Picture HeraId (1950)
Sidney Poitier is splendid... Daily Variety
an important sociaI melodrama with a serious message about racism in our society Readbuzz.com