Ace in the Hole - Dual Format Edition (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray


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Since re-emerging in the 2000s, Billy Wilder's superb Ace in the Hole, so ahead of its time in the 1950s with its acidic and unflinching examination of journalistic ethics and human morality, has taken its place alongside Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, or Some Like It Hot as among the director's greatest works.

In one of the most powerhouse performances in American screen-acting, the great Kirk Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum, a newspaper reporter who stumbles upon a potentially career-making story in Albuquerque, New Mexico (nearly sixty years later, the setting for Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad). When Tatum begins to influence the story's outcome, a descent beings that finds more than one man caught between a rock and a hard place.

An electric narrative that stands as one of Wilder's tautest and most (melo)dramatic plots (penned with Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman), Ace in the Hole plays today as a prescient examination of the modern media landscape, and the public appetite for the disastrous news-story that leads to toxic wish-fulfilment. - "I can handle big news and little news. And if there's no news, I'll go out and bite a dog." - The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present our third major Billy Wilder release with this stunning Blu-ray edition of Ace in the Hole.

Special Features:

  • Gorgeous 1080p transfer of the film
  • More on-disc extras to be announced closer to release!
  • 40-page booklet with a new essay, vintage interview material, rare archival imagery, and more!

Product Details

  • PG
  • Billy Wilder
  • B
Aspect Ratio:
  • 1.37:1
Sound Information:
  • Dolby Digital
Number of Discs:
  • 2
Main Language:
  • English
Subtitle Languages:
  • English for the Hard of Hearing

Run Time:
  • 111 mins approx.
  • Masters of Cinema

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A good expose of the lengths the media will go to to get a decent story, Kirk Douglas plays a ruthless big time newspaper reporter who has to take a job with a small time newspaper in a desert town in the USA. He is informed of a local incident involving a man trapped by collapse in a cave and exploits the situation in order to promote his own career by getting a major news story and get the opportunity to return to working in the big city newspapers. A very dark and cynical Billy Wilder film which i first seen in 1951, the Blu ray restoration of the film is first class and i would certainly recommend this film to fans of the film noir genre.

23 February 2016 by

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Excellent release of Billy Wilder's Classic film as always a great release from Masters of Cinema only missing getting a Five Star review because it did not have the animated short parody The Big Story as part of this release otherwise a highly recommended tale on the downside of Journalism.

30 May 2014 by

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