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Director: Samuel Fuller     Starring: Peter Breck
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Format: DVD
Sku: 217621915
UPC: 715515067010
UPC 14: 00715515067010
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Editor's Note
Samuel Fuller's honest, visionary pulp film uses an insane asylum as a metaphor for American society. The inmates include a black man who thinks he's a white supremacist, a Korean War Vet who thinks he's a Civil War Confederate general, and a nuclear physicist who has reverted to childhood. This microcosm, which Fuller created in 1963, has lost none of its force over time. In addition, the film's treatment of journalistic hubris foreshadows the contemporary problem of media becoming corrupted by its compliant association with governmental elites. In SHOCK CORRIDOR, a journalist (Peter Breck) hoping to get a scoop on a murder suspect has himself committed to a mental institution where the inmates have information on the culprit. As the film unfolds, the purity of the hero's mission is undercut by his own monomaniacal ego. Things go terribly awry, and although he gets his story, he pays a high price for his success.


Video Features DVD, Black & White

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/18/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1963
Video UPC UPC: 00715515067010
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W and Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Shock Corridor - The Criterion Collection - DVD Review
By: The Other Chad Reviews
Published on: 1/28/2011 1:18 PM
Shock Corridor remains an unsettling film nearly a half-century after its release. The very simple story concerns a self-aggrandizing journalist named Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) who, in his pursuit of a Pulitzer Prize, checks himself into a mental institution to solve a murder. A patient at the facility was killed, but the police investigation failed to uncover the perpetrator. Barrett has created a backstory to ensure his committal, enlisting the help of his girlfriend Cathy (Constance Towers). He claims to have an insatiable sexual attraction to his sister, with Cathy reluctantly filling that role to convince the hospital the full review
Expert Review Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss - DVD Review
By: El Bicho Reviews
Published on: 5/2/2011 11:26 PM
As The Criterion Collection upgrades their titles to Blu-ray, DVD buyers benefit from the new, restored high-definition digital transfers that become available in standard definition. Two such titles to have experienced this are early entries in the collection as evidenced by their catalog numbers, Shock Corridor (#19) and The Naked Kiss (#18). Both also have in common writer/director Sam Fuller, a former crime reporter and pulp novel writer, whose grittiness became a the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Peter Breck
Video Cast Info Philip Ahn
Video Cast Info Gene Evans
Video Cast Info Paul Dubov
Video Cast Info John Matthews
Video Cast Info Hari Rhodes
Video Cast Info Larry Tucker
Video Cast Info Rachel Romen
Video Cast Info Constance Towers
Video Cast Info James Best
Video Cast Info Frank Gerstle
Video Cast Info Samuel Fuller - Writer
Video Cast Info Stanley Cortez - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Paul Dunlap - Composer
Video Cast Info Charles S. Thompson - Set Designer
Video Cast Info Jerome Thoms - Editor
Video Cast Info Charles Duncan - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Dan Greenway - Makeup
Video Cast Info Lynn Dunn - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Samuel Fuller - Producer
Video Cast Info Jon Gregory - Choreographer
Video Cast Info Eugene Lourie - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Samuel Fuller - Director

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...A major cult movie shot in glorious black-and-white by Stanley Cortez..." 01/04/1991 p.3D

"Carved from noir shadows and crazed camera angles..." 01/01/2005 p.83

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