25 May 2024
The Wages Of Fear coming to 4K UHD from BFI, details here...

BFI To Re-release Henri-Georges Clouzot Wages Of Fear on 4K

The Wages Of Fear coming to 4K UHD from BFI, details here...

Next month the BFI are set to re-release Henri-Georges Clouzot‘s classic thriller The Wages Of Fear on 4K UHD.

Based on the 1950 French novel Le Salaire de la peur and critically hailed upon its original release. Many considered this French thriller one of the benchmarks of the modern thriller genre. William Friedkin’s 1977 Sorcerer starring Roy Scheider is considered a remake, which many considered on it’s own a masterpiece. In March Netflix will release a straight up The Wages Of Fear remake.

The BFI originally released the film in 2017 on Blu-ray and DVD, now set for an Ultra High Definition Blu-ray. This new release will come with two new special features including a 15-minute video essay.

In a squalid Latin American village, four desperate men are hired by an American oil company to embark on a treacherous journey, transporting a lethal cargo of nitroglycerine to a massive oil-well fire. Friendships and courage are pushed to the limit in this nail-biting thriller by a filmmaker dubbed “the French Hitchcock”.

The Wages Of Fear 4K Blu-ray Artwork coming soon from The BFISpecial features
· 4K (160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
· A Road Trip Out of Hell? Or Into It? – Purgatory and The Wages of Fear (2023, 15 mins): a new video essay by filmmaker and photographer Nic Wassell – NEW for this release
· Audio commentary with film critic Adrian Martin
· Interview with Professor Lucy Mazdon (2017, 35 mins): an in-depth discussion on Henri-Georges Clouzot and The Wages of Fear
· Interview with assistant director Michel Romanoff (2009, 23 mins)
· Interview with Clouzot biographer Marc Godin (2009, 10 mins)
· The Guardian Lecture: Yves Montand (100 mins, audio only): in conversation with Don Allen; the star of The Wages of Fear discusses his distinguished career
· Treasures from the BFI National Archive (1920-1960, 30 mins): a selection of archive gems, exploring some of the themes and iconography featured in The Wages of Fear – NEW for this release
· Original theatrical trailer
· First pressing only Illustrated booklet with an essay by Andy Miller, original reviews from Sight & Sound and Monthly Film Bulletin, an appreciation of Clouzot by Paul Ryan, notes on the special features and credits

France / 1953 / 12 / black and white / 153 minutes / French with English subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.37:1 // UHD100: 2160p, 24fps, DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono (48kHz/24-bit)

The Wages Of Fear will be released on UHD Blu-ray, iTunes and Amazon Prime on 19th February.

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