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Ace in the hole

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Blu-ray special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Frank Jaquet.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2018]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (111 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (illustrations ; folded to 16 x 12 cm.)


Not rated.


"Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder's follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred expose of the American media's appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time."--Container.


Originally released as a motion picture in 1951.

Special features: New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard ; Portrait of a "60% perfect man": Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment ; interview with actor Kirk Douglas from 1984 ; excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute ; audio excerpts from an interview with Wilder's coscreenwriter Walter Newman ; video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee ; stills gallery ; trailer.

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