Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark

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Director: Terence Young

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna

     
 

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Terence Young's thriller Wait Until Dark gets a respectable DVD release from Warner Bros. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The film has arguably never looked better on home video. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and FrenchSee more details below

Overview

Terence Young's thriller Wait Until Dark gets a respectable DVD release from Warner Bros. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The film has arguably never looked better on home video. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a ten-minute featurette consisting primarily of clips from the film and Alan Arkin's recollections of it. Producer Mel Ferrer also contributes a new interview to that short. A quick essay on the different versions of the play is offered, as are a pair of trailers. Another highlight is the inclusion of a one-minute teaser trailer that includes the warning that during the last eight minutes of the picture the theater's lights will be dimmed "to the legal limit." This is a solid release from Warner Bros.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Few films have been imitated more often than this 1967 thriller, a dazzling tour de force for Oscar-nominated Audrey Hepburn and very likely the best film directed by Terence Young outside the James Bond series. Based on a hit Broadway play by Frederick Knott (who also wrote Dial M for Murder), Wait Until Dark stars Hepburn as Suzy Hendrix, a blind woman trapped in her New York apartment by a psychotic criminal (Alan Arkin) and his accomplices (Richard Crenna and Jack Weston). They believe Hepburn is concealing a doll stuffed with high-grade heroin, which they mean to get by any means necessary. A claustrophobic cat-and-mouse game ensues, with the terrorized Hepburn trying to stay one jump ahead of the crooks until her absent husband (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) returns. She is absolutely terrific in this part, exhibiting fear and vulnerability for much of the film but projecting strength and determination when demonstrations of those qualities serve the plot. In her hands the helpless blind woman isn’t simply a stock melodrama type; she’s a fully developed character that engenders audience sympathy from the get-go. Arkin’s role is actually the flashier one, but his performance also is finely tuned for maximum effectiveness. Young’s directing is expert in every way: The pacing is extremely precise, accelerating at exactly the right moments; the lighting and camera placements perfectly establish mood and capture the limited physical action; and his direction of the actors plays to their individual strengths without sacrificing credibility. A succession of knockoffs, each more lackluster than the last, have eroded Wait Until Dark’s novelty value, but the film’s quality and effectiveness is still readily apparent.
All Movie Guide
Wait Until Dark is a memorably suspenseful thriller, even more so considering that the film's action rarely leaves its one-apartment setting. Much like the work of Alfred Hitchcock -- most notably 1948's Rope -- Dark is a desolate, brutal film. Best-known for his work on early James Bond films, director Terence Young subtly builds tension until the pulse-racing climax. Much of the menace is courtesy of Alan Arkin's stellar performance. In one of his first screen roles, Arkin is so compellingly amoral that he almost steals the movie from his more illustrious co-star, Audrey Hepburn. Still, the lovely Hepburn holds her own, bringing depth and compassion to the role of the blind woman being terrorized by Arkin's smarmy villain. She was nominated for her fifth Academy Award for her performance as the innocent-yet-determined victim.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
UPC:
0085392752720
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
15,884

Special Features

Take a look in the dark as Alan Arkin and producer Mel Ferrer reminisce about the making of the film; Stage frantics essay covers the property's stage-to-screen evolution; Interactive menus; Cautionary teaser and standard theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Susy Hendrix
Alan Arkin Roat
Richard Crenna Mike Talman
Efrem Zimbalist Sam Hendrix
Jack Weston Carlino
Samantha Jones Lisa
Julie Herrod Gloria
Frank O'Brien Shatner
Gary Morgan Boy
Jean del Val The Old Man

Technical Credits
Terence Young Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Robert Carrington Screenwriter
Jane-Howard Carrington Screenwriter
Bobby Darin Songwriter
Ray Evans Songwriter
Mel Ferrer Producer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
George Jenkins Art Director
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Henry Mancini Score Composer,Songwriter
Gene Milford Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Doll's Journey (Credits) [5:36]
2. Wrong Apartment [4:05]
3. Harry Roat Jr. [5:08]
4. Key Confrontation [3:38]
5. Body Bag [3:16]
6. Who's There? [4:40]
7. News of A Murder [3:30]
8. World's Champion [3:51]
9. Sam's Marine Buddy [4:44]
10. Cranky and Impatient [4:55]
11. Roat Sr. [2:28]
12. Sgt. Carlino [3:13]
13. Roat Jr. [5:14]
14. Figuring it All Out [3:18]
15. Getting Wise [6:00]
16. Gloria as Susy's Eyes [3:45]
17. Outwitting Carlino [5:09]
18. Truth About Mike [5:15]
19. Gloria's Report [3:29]
20. Lights Out [4:02]
21. "How Long Have You Known?" [3:43]
22. Two Dead Crooks [1:57]
23. Fear of Fire [4:31]
24. Taps in the Dark [2:30]
25. Striking Back [3:30]
26. The Moment [1:59]
27. Doing Fine [2:18]
28. Cast List [1:39]

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