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    A hard-edged and chilling film-noir from legendary filmmaker Fritz Lang

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    [For immediate release] Eureka Entertainment to release HUMAN DESIRE, a hard-edged and chilling film-noir from legendary filmmaker Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame, as a worldwide premiere on Blu-ray in a definitive Dual Format edition as part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 11 February 2019.

    A startlingly dark, late film noir masterwork by director Fritz Lang, Human Desire reunites Lang with his hero Glenn Ford and femme fatale Gloria Grahame from the previous year's The Big Heat and the screenwriter of Lang's 1952 noir Clash by Night, Alfred Hayes. Like those two classics, Human Desire finds Lang casting a pitiless eye on all of the human weaknesses that define film noir: deception, infidelity, passion, and murder.

    Adapted from the same í‰mile Zola novel previously filmed by Jean Renoir in La Bíªte humaine (1938), Lang's gripping thriller has Ford as train engineer Jeff, just home from the Korean War. He's instantly attracted to passenger Vicki (Grahame), not yet realising that she's the abused wife of Jeff's alcoholic railroad yard superior Carl (Broderick Crawford) -- or that Vicki was just entangled in a jealousy-fuelled murder committed by Carl. As Jeff and Vicki embark on a steamy affair, she tells him about the crime, and Carl's blackmail hold on her. If only Carl could be taken out of the picture…

    The only thing that's not pitch black in this noir are the ethical shades of grey inhabited by all its characters. Yet its placid small town setting also offers a unique perspective on the genre, with Lang uncovering sinister secrets on these quiet streets that could rival any big city immorality. The Masters of Cinema is proud to present one of this brilliant filmmaker's most underrated films for the first time ever on Blu-ray.

    Available to order from:

    Amazon Zavvi


    1080p presentation on Blu-ray (with a progressive encode on the DVD)
    LPCM Mono audio
    Optional English SDH subtitles
    A new and exclusive interview with film historian Tony Rayns
    PLUS: A Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film alongside rare archival imagery


    Label: Eureka!
    Title| HUMAN DESIRE (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition
    Director| FRITZ LANG
    Dual Format Cat. No.| EKA70329
    Dual Format Barcode|5060000703290
    Dual Format RRP| £19.99
    Release Date| 11 February 2019
    Certificate| PG
    Run Time| 91 minutes
    OAR| 1.85:1
    Picture| Black & White
    Genre| Drama / Film-Noir
    Year| 1954
    Country| USA
    Language| ENGLISH
    Subtitles| ENGLISH SDH (Optional)


    “Lang's version of Zola's La Bíªte humaine is, like all his best '50s work, as cold, hard and steely grey as the railway tracks which here mark out the action.” - Time Out

    “A gripping melodrama.” - Chicago Reader


    -Directed by Fritz "Master of Darkness” Lang (Metropolis, M, The Big Heat). The restrained expressionism of Lang's American films is now seen as integral to the emergence and evolution of film noir. Stars Glen Ford who won a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor for his performance in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles. Glen Ford has starred in over 100 movies lasting more than 50 years, and was ranked the popular star at the box office in the US in 1958.
    -Stars Gloria Grahame (Sudden Fear, The Big Heat, Oklahoma) who won an Academy Award for her supporting role in The Bad and the Beautiful. The 2018 motion picture Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, is based on Peter Turner's account of the final years of Gloria Grahame's life
    -Stars Broderick Crawford who is best known for his Academy Award winning portrayal of Willie Stark in All the King's Men
    -Worldwide premiere on Blu-ray
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