Pickup on South Street

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Overview

The Criterion Collection's typically splendid DVD release of Samuel Fuller's nervy slice of film noir is not only an excellent presentation of a classic piece of genre moviemaking, but an engaging and enthusiastic tribute to Fuller and his unique style. Pickup on South Street has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono; both the sound and the image are excellent, with the picture especially sharp and clean without belying ...
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Overview

The Criterion Collection's typically splendid DVD release of Samuel Fuller's nervy slice of film noir is not only an excellent presentation of a classic piece of genre moviemaking, but an engaging and enthusiastic tribute to Fuller and his unique style. Pickup on South Street has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono; both the sound and the image are excellent, with the picture especially sharp and clean without belying its chemical origins. The dialogue is in English, with optional English subtitles, but no multiple language options. As usual, Criterion has added an excellent selection of relevant bonus materials. Most notable is a filmed interview with Fuller, conducted by film critic Richard Schickel, in which the director talks about his philosophy of filmmaking and the production of Pickup on South Street. A short film produced for French television is also included, in which Fuller watches and discusses the first ten minutes of the picture. Additional extras include an illustrated biographical essay on Fuller, a gallery of film posters, a collection of trailers for Fuller's pictures (including Pickup on South Street), and a booklet featuring an extended excerpt from Fuller's autobiography, as well as short appreciations by Martin Scorsese and Luc Sante. In short, this release of Pickup on South Street is an absolute must for Samuel Fuller enthusiasts, regardless of their familiarity with the movie.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound; Exclusive video interview with the late Sam Fuller, made by renowned film critic Richard Schickel; "Cinéma Cinémas: Fuller," French television show with Fuller discussing the making of the film; Illustrated biographical essay on Fuller; Complete Fuller poster filmography; Stills galleries of photos, lobby cards, and original paintings; Trailers for eight Sam Fuller films; 20-page booklet including excerpts from Fuller's award-winning autobiography "A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking," featuring Martin Scorsese's introduction, and Fuller on Pickup on South Street, plus a new essay by acclaimed cultural historian Luc Sante ("Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, Evidence"); English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

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Pickup on South Street is a quick, belligerent tour de force of film noir. A crime reporter turned filmmaker, writer/director Samuel Fuller is famous for adhering to the who, what, when, where, and why of cinematic storytelling, an aggressive tendency that is fully realized in Pickup. He offers no superfluous subplots, back story, or Hitchcockian MacGuffins. He shuns a first act set up and jumps immediately into the film's main action, proceeding at a breakneck pace toward a tight, curt finale. His shooting technique is equally straightforward and informative. With a cinematic style that never fails to "hook you with a headline tabloid mentality," as described by fan Martin Scorsese, Fuller exploits extreme close-ups, high angles, long takes, and zooms to make each of Pickup's shots a pronouncement. Combined with Richard Widmark's vigor as the erratic, narcissistic, and violent protagonist, this frankness truly packs a punch. Such intensity may seem incongruous with the grace of most prestigious film noir melodramas, but one must not forget that the genre is the offspring of hardboiled fiction, an unsentimental tradition bred from tabloid journalism and tough-minded heroes. Pickup's only flaw is its reliance on the Red Scare as a plot device. The film's collection of capitalist thieves (both patriotic and unpatriotic), communist villains, and unimpressive government agents pays homage to every type of political reading, and can distract many critics from its craft. Yet, Pickup on South Street's raw energy prevails; it is Samuel Fuller's most heralded work and one of film noir's greatest thrillers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • UPC: 715515015028
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,197

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Skip McCoy
Jean Peters Candy
Thelma Ritter Moe
Murvyn Vye Capt. Dan Tiger
Richard Kiley Joey
Willis B. Bouchey Zara
Milburn Stone Winoki
Henry Slate MacGregor
Jerry O'Sullivan Enyart
Harry Carter Dietrich
George E. Stone Police Clerk
George Eldredge Fenton
Stuart Randall Police Commissioner
Frank Kumagai Lum
Victor Perry Lightning Louie
George Berkeley Customer
Emmett Lynn Sandwich Man
Maurice Samuels Peddler
Parley Baer Stranger
Virginia Carroll Nurse
Roger Moore Mr. Victor
Clancy Cooper Lean Man
John Gallaudet Campion
Wilson Wood Driver
Ray Montgomery F.B.I. Agent
Ray Stevens F.B.I. Agent
Ralph Moody Captain
Technical Credits
Samuel Fuller Director, Screenwriter
Nick De Maggio Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Winston H. Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
George Patrick Art Director
Ad Schaumer Asst. Director
Jules Schermer Producer
Dwight Taylor Original Story
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Loose Cannon [6:14]
2. The Last Deal [2:33]
3. First-Rate Grifters [5:49]
4. Keeping Cool [3:00]
5. "Patriotic Eyewash" [3:34]
6. Research [2:49]
7. Happy Money [3:18]
8. $50 Address [7:54]
9. Three-Time Loser [7:49]
10. Off Target [4:12]
11. "Stop Using Your Hands" [2:22]
12. Potter's Field [5:16]
13. Number 11 Pickup [3:10]
14. Seeing the Picture [3:39]
15. No Difference [2:18]
16. Withholding Information [5:48]
17. Fifty-Fifty Chance [3:01]
18. Frame-Up [2:14]
19. Third Avenue [3:57]
20. As Good as New [1:27]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Color Bars
   Top Secret!
      Sam Fuller on Pickup on South Street
         Play
      Cinéma Cinémas: Fuller
         Play
      "Headlines and Hollywood"
      Recollections From Richard Widmark
      Trailers
         Play All
         Fixed Bayonets (1951)
         Pickup on South Street (1953)
         House of Bamboo (1955)
         China Gate (1957)
         Forty Guns (1957)
         Hell and High Water (1954)
         Hell and High Water Teaser (1954)
         Shock Corridor (1963)
         The Naked Kiss (1964)
      Stills and Posters
         Pickup on South Street Stills
         Fuller Poster Filmography
         Illustrations by Russell Christian
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome movie!

    This movie is exciting at times and also romantic. Jean Peters keeps you watching. The only bad thing is that it should have been made longer. Awesome movie! ;)

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