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(Irving Lerner, 1959)
Release date: 26 June 2023
Standard Edition Blu-ray

Vince Edwards (Murder by Contract) and John Archer (Decision at Sundown) face off in the explosive City of Fear, a violent and shocking film noir classic.

When drug dealer Vince busts out of San Quentin, he takes a canister he believes to contain heroin… but it actually contains a payload of deadly radioactive Cobalt, enough to vaporise most of Los Angeles, if the police can’t track him down.

Directed by Irving Lerner (Murder by Contract), and shot by the great Lucien Ballard (Buchanan Rides Alone), City of Fear is a tense film noir which, as with Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly, taps into the anxieties of the nuclear age.


  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film critic and writer Adrian Martin (2021)
  • Pulp Paranoia (2010, 7 mins): filmmaker Christopher Nolan discusses the influence of film noir
  • The Autobiography of a “Jeep” (1943, 10 mins): light-hearted documentary produced and directed by Irving Lerner about the then-new, all-purpose vehicle
  • The Autobiography of a “Jeep” audio commentary with film historian Jeremy Arnold (2021)
  • Hymn of the Nations (1944, 29 mins): documentary produced and edited by Lerner, and directed by Alexander Hammid, featuring famed conductor Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra performing the music of Giuseppe Verdi, presented in its complete, uncut version
  • The Cummington Story (1945, 20 mins): documentary short, written and directed by Helen Grayson and Larry Madison, produced by Lerner, and featuring the music of Aaron Copland, re-enacting the stories of a group of refugees who relocated to a small American town during World War II
  • Oil’s Well That Ends Well (1958, 17 mins): the Three Stooges are convinced they can make money from uranium
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

BBFC cert: PG
EAN: 5060697923407