THE SNAKE PIT - LE

THE SNAKE PIT - LE

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(Anatole Litvak, 1948)
Release date: 22 April 2019
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

Shocking and highly controversial at the time of release, The Snake Pit broke new ground in Hollywood cinema for its depiction of mental illness and its treatment. Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind, The Heiress), delivers an astounding performance as a young bride who suffers a breakdown and finds herself committed to an asylum.

Director Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number, Anastasia) had to fight to persuade producer Darryl Zanuck to back the film, but the result remains one of the most potent and powerful films to tackle the subject and was an influence on later works such as Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor (1963), Robert Rossen’s Lilith (1964) and Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).


INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 4K restoration
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with author and film historian Aubrey Solomons 
  • The Battles of Olivia de Havilland (2019): critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson discusses the revered actor’s illustrious career
  • Neil Sinyard on ‘The Snake Pit’ (2019): a new appreciation by the author and film historian
  • Theatrical trailer 
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Lindsay Hallam, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray 
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
  • All extras subject to change

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BBFC cert: 12
REGION B
EAN: 5037899071588