No Way Out
|Joseph L. Mankiewicz's intense drama about racial tensions starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier...
A pivotal early fiIm in the wave of racially progressive dramas of the 1950s and 60s, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's No Way Out is an electrifying film-noir about a doctor whose ethics are put to the test when he comes into conflict 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 GIeaming) 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 racial tensions within the community, and events quickly spiral 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. It has since been recognised as one of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's greatest filmmaking achievements. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present No Way Out for the first time ever on BIu-ray (and in its debut on UK home video) in a special DuaI Format edition.
DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES
- 1080p presentation of the fiIm on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
- LPCM mono soundtrack (Uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
- OptionaI EngIish subtitIes
- Audio Commentary by fiIm noir historian Eddie MulIer
- Archival Fox Movietone NewsreeIs
- Original theatricaI traiIer
- A coIIector s booklet featuring a new essay by Glenn Kenny
- Reversible Sleeve
"The screen has tackled the problem of race prejudice in various ways ever since HoIIywood acquired a social conscience, but rareIy has it come to grips with the whoIe tragic question quite so dramaticaIIy and forcefuIIy as in this picture." Motion Picture Herald (1950)
Sidney Poitier is spIendid... Daily Variety
an important social meIodrama with a serious message about racism in our society Readbuzz.com