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14th February 2014 23:29:00
Posted by Mike Sutton

Ace in the Hole on Blu-Ray from Masters of Cinema in April

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Eureka! Entertainment have announced the release of Ace in the Hole one of the great masterpieces by Billy Wilder, the writer-director of Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard, and Some Like It Hot and universally acclaimed as one of Kirk Douglas' finest screen performances. Ace in the Hole will be released for the first time on Blu-ray in a Dual format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition, as part of their award-winning The Masters of Cinema Series on 28 April 2014.

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!

PRESS:

"[The film] hasn't aged because Wilder and his co-writers ... were so lean and mean [with their dialogue, and Kirk Douglas'] focus and energy ... is almost scary. There is nothing dated about [his] performance. It's as right-now as a sharpened knife." – Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

"Cold, lurid and fascinating." – Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader

"As a diatribe against all that is worst in human nature, it has moments dipped in pure vitriol." – Time Out London

"More than 50 years after the film's release, when magazines compete to come up with the cattiest buzz terms and giddily celebrate the demise of celebrity relationships for boffo bucks, Ace in the Hole feels more relevant than ever." – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

About Mike Sutton
Mike has been reviewing DVDs and, latterly, Blu-Rays for this site on and off since June 1999. He is willing to review anything and everything but his first loves are American movies from the 1960s to the 1980s, Sam Peckinpah, Brian De Palma, Westerns, and Horror. His main contribution, however, is to sharply raise the average age of the reviewing staff.


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