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Riot in cell block 11

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Blu-ray special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon, Robert Osterloh.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2014]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (27 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm)


Not rated.


This sensational and high-octane but economically-constructed drama is set in a maximum-security penitentiary. It's a ripped-from-the-headlines social-problem picture about inmates' rights that was inspired by a spate of uprisings in American prisons and was shot on location at Folsom State Prison, with real inmates and guards as extras.


Title from container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1954.

Special features: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaurual soundtrack ; new audio commentary by film scholar Matthew H. Bernstein ; excerpts from the director's 1993 autobiography, A Siegel film, read by his son Kristoffer Tabori ; excerpts from Stuart Kaminsky's 1974 book Don Siegel: director, read by Tabori ; excerpts from the 193 NBC radio documentary series The challenge of our prisons.

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