Night Of The Hunter – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1955) *NEW*

Night Of The Hunter – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1955) *NEW*


A tall, handsome preacher his knuckles eerily tattooed with love and hate roams the countryside, spreading the gospel…and leaving a trail of murdered women in his wake. To Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), the work of the Lord has more to do with condemning souls than saving them,especially when his own interests are involved. Now his sights are set on $10,000 and two little children are the only ones who know where it is. Chill… dren! the preacher croons to the terrified boy and girl hiding in the cold, dark cellar… innocent young lambs who refuse to be led astray. The Night of the Hunter stars Mitchum in the most daring and critically acclaimed performance of his career. Spellbinding, ominous, and hauntingly suspenseful, this extraordinary film noir classic remains one of the most frightening movies ever made (Pauline Kael).

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The Rev. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is a religious fanatic and serial killer who targets women who use their sexuality to attract men. Serving time in prison for car theft, he meets condemned murderer Ben Harper (Peter Graves), who confesses to hiding $10,000 in stolen loot. Released from jail, Powell is obsessed with finding the money, and he tracks down Harper's widow, Willa (Shelley Winters), and her two children, John (Billy Chapin) and Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce).
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The Night of the Hunter

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Directed by Charles Laughton
Produced by Paul Gregory
Screenplay by James Agee
Charles Laughton (uncredited)
Based on The Night of the Hunter
by Davis Grubb
Starring Robert Mitchum
Shelley Winters
Lillian Gish
Billy Chapin
Music by Walter Schumann
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Edited by Robert Golden
Paul Gregory Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • July 26, 1955
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $795,000

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 1.0 × 6.75 in


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NOTE: The slip covers for this movie box by Criterion were not made correctly, and they tend to crease on the left edge.  Please UNDERSTAND that this is an expected flaw for this particular package. Please see the picture.


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring assistant director Terry Sanders, film critic F. X. Feeney, archivist Robert Gitt, and author Preston Neal Jones
  • Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter,” a two-and-a-half-hour archival treasure trove of outtakes from the film
  • New documentary featuring interviews with producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Jones, and author Jeffrey Couchman
  • New video interview with Simon Callow, author of Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor
  • Clip from the The Ed Sullivan Show, in which cast members perform live a scene that was deleted from the film
  • Fifteen-minute episode of the BBC show Moving Pictures about the film
  • Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez
  • Gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb
  • New video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin about Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter”
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow