The Asphalt Jungle

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Overview

John Huston's crime film The Asphalt Jungle arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. English and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by star James Whitmore and film noir expert Drew Casper, an introduction by John Huston compiled from vintage materials, and the theatrical trailer. This fine disc is also available ...
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Overview

John Huston's crime film The Asphalt Jungle arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. English and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by star James Whitmore and film noir expert Drew Casper, an introduction by John Huston compiled from vintage materials, and the theatrical trailer. This fine disc is also available as part of a five-disc box set featuring other film noir classics like Out of the Past and The Set-Up.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Introduction by John Huston derived from an archival interview; Commentary by author/film noir specialist Drew Casper with co-star James Whitmore; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Much imitated, The Asphalt Jungle was one of the first caper films to show a crime and its consequences from the criminals' point of view. It's one of director John Huston's most gritty and suspenseful films, centering on a recently paroled criminal's scheme to make one last big hit. The cast of reliable character actors includes Sterling Hayden, James Whitmore and Sam Jaffe, and a little-known seductress named Marilyn Monroe, who had a small part. Based on a novel by W.R. Burnett, The Asphalt Jungle was innovative for 1950, as Huston told a crime-doesn't-pay story without the usual distancing and moralizing. It is more of a character study than an action film, and countless films that came later, all the way to Pulp Fiction, have paid it homage, some unknowingly. Some of the more direct remakes of the same plot include Cairo, A Cool Breeze, and The Badlanders.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2004
  • UPC: 012569590328
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,456

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sterling Hayden Dix Handley
Louis Calhern Alonzo D. Emmerich
James Whitmore Gus Ninissi
Jean Hagen Doll Conovan
Sam Jaffe Doc Erwin Riedenschneider
John McIntire Police Commissioner Hardy
Marilyn Monroe Angela Phinlay
Marc Lawrence Cobby
Barry Kelley Lt. Ditrich
Anthony Caruso Louis Ciavelli
Teresa Celli Maria Ciavelli
Wee Willie Davis Timmons
Dorothy Tree May Emmerich
Brad Dexter Bob Brannen
John Maxwell Dr. Swanson
Benny Burt Driver
Frank Cady Night Clerk
John Cliff Policeman
Henry Corden William Doldy
Ralph Dunn Policeman
Pat Flaherty Policeman
Alex Gerry Maxwell
Sol (Saul) Gorss Policeman
Fred Graham Truck Driver
Don Haggerty Detective Andrews
Eloise Hardt Vivian
Tom Browne Henry James X. Connery
Strother Martin Karl Anton Smith
Patricia Miller Girl
Howard Mitchell Secretary
Alberto Morin Eddie Donato
Kerry O'Day Girl
Raymond Roe Tallboy
Henry Rowland Franz Schurz
Tim Ryan Jack; Police Clerk
James Seay Officer Janocek
Jack Shea Policeman
Joseph Darr Smith Reporter
Helene Stanley Jeannie
Ray Teal Policeman
Bill Washington Suspect
Judith Wood Woman
Wilson Wood Man
Technical Credits
John Huston Director, Screenwriter
George Boemler Editor
Jack Dawn Makeup
Randall Duell Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arthur Hornblow Jr. Producer
Ben Maddow Screenwriter
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:26]
2. The Lineup [3:30]
3. One More Chance [2:30]
4. Doc's Proposition [5:19]
5. Okay to One Gus [3:43]
6. Doll With No House [2:10]
7. Meeting Emmerich [4:16]
8. Some Sweet Kid [2:10]
9. When Dix Gets Home [3:25]
10. Matters of Trust [4:06]
11. Double-Crossing Dream [4:21]
12. Doc Likes Dix [3:27]
13. Caper Rundown [4:05]
14. On the Move [4:37]
15. The Heist [6:27]
16. Getaway Misfire [2:18]
17. Nothing But Front [3:55]
18. Why Don't You Kill Me? [2:53]
19. Souls in Hell [2:29]
20. Dragnet Out [1:49]
21. Left-Handed Alibi [1:23]
22. Nasty Encounter [4:55]
23. The Trail to Doc [3:38]
24. Cobby Cracks [3:38]
25. Taking Trips [3:07]
26. The Dead and the Departing [6:30]
27. Travel Companion [4:55]
28. Playing Doc's Tune [1:31]
29. No Doctor for Dix [4:12]
30. Versus the Jungle [3:46]
31. Hanging On [1:53]
32. Cast List [2:51]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Introduction By John Huston
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Introduction By John Huston
      Commentary By Drew Casper With James Whitmore
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Paltry Fiction

    After watching The Asphalt Jungle, one can see that this kind of film noir is what inspired the modern great Pulp Fiction. Gritty, seedy realism in black and white, in a city where not everything, or everyone, is as it seems. Ominous and suffocating, The Asphalt Jungle is dark, ambigous, and an absolutely compelling film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Law of This Jungle Is Deadly Serious

    The disquieting urban landscape and deeply disturbed motley crew of spurious characters that populate ¿The Asphalt Jungle¿ make the film one of the essential destinations for fans of film noir. The films artfully gritty atmosphere is perhaps its best selling feature, though, truth be told, there is nothing about the production that is second rate. Basically, it¿s a jewel heist caper gone horribly wrong but carried off with such panache and attention to detail by director, John Huston that one has to admire both the economy of plot and depth of characters fleshed out within the context of two hours. Huston¿s great knack for extolling unusual and breakthrough performances from his ensemble is working overtime on this occasion. While we might be used to seeing Sam Jaffe as a nefarious rogue (here, he¿s Doc, the criminal mastermind with a weakness for hoop earrings and tight skirts), the extraordinary off kilter performance of Louis Calhern ¿ as middle aged fencer, Ennrich/sugar daddy to Marilyn Monroe, is so menacing in its undertone, that one wishes the actor had been given the opportunity to play more such parts. There is nothing cartoonish or cliché about any of the characters in the film. Sterling Hayden¿s particularly powerful as Dix Handley, the tense enforcer of the group. This is a story about out of control people losing control of their lives. Huston captures the immediacy of these tragic lives and the overwhelming sense of doom. As one might expect, it ends badly for all concerned though, within the context of this review I won¿t say exactly how. The transfer on ¿The Asphalt Jungle¿ is better than average, though it¿s not perfect. The gray scale has a richly balanced look with deep solid blacks and clean whites. On occasion grain looks heavier than it should and contrast levels seem a tad low. Still, this DVD is considerable improvement over previously issued VHS tapes. Age related artifacts are present but do not terribly distract. The audio is mono but nicely balanced. The more intent listener will notice some hiss but nothing that will distract. Drew Casper provides the audio commentary here. There are a few inserts of audio from James Whitmore that will most surely enhance your appreciation for this film. All in all, another good disc to add to your library of classic film noir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Robbery Film

    John Huston does a great job. His direction is flawless. It cannot be topped. Sterling Hayden looked the part exactly. This was a great film with excellent potential.

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