The Night of the Hunter
A notorious bomb when it was first released in 1955, The Night of the Hunter quickly became a highly regarded cult favorite before taking on the stature of a revered classic. This MGM DVD release of the dark, feverishly hallucinatory film doesn't deliver the definitive deluxe treatment that The Night of the Hunter deserves, but the full-screen transfer has been remastered and conforms to the original theatrical aspect ratio. This edition beautifully showcases Stanley Cortez's rich, textured black-and-white cinematography. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track is balanced and clean and this inexpensive DVD also comes with an eight-page booklet on the making of The Night of the Hunter, which features a brilliant, truly unsettling central performance by the perpetually underrated Robert Mitchum. Though James Agee is still widely praised for writing the screenplay, the movie's producers and Mitchum are on record as saying that his sprawling draft was unusable and that director Charles Laughton did the uncredited adaptation himself.