THE CRIMINAL CODE - LE
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(Howard Hawks, 1930)
Release date: 22 March 2021
Limited Edition Blu-ray (World Blu-ray premiere)
Howard Hawks (Twentieth Century) made his first film for Columbia Pictures with this pre-Code prison movie. The great Walter Huston (Dragonwyck) stars as a district attorney-turned-prison warden who gets to witness first-hand the effects of his convictions, especially Phillip Holmes (An American Tragedy), imprisoned after killing a man in a drunken brawl. Co-starring Boris Karloff (Frankenstein), The Criminal Code is tough, no-nonsense, quintessential Hawks.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
High definition remaster
Original mono soundtrack
Audio commentary with film historian Nora Fiore (2021)
The Howard Hawks Masterclass with John Carpenter (1997): archival audio recording of an event from the British Film Institute’s 1997 Howard Hawks retrospective at the National Film Theatre, London
Kim Newman on Boris Karloff (2021): the author and critic discusses the non-horror roles of the iconic actor
Codes and Convictions (2021): video essay comparing The Criminal Code with its 1950 film noir remake, Convicted
Lux Radio Theatre: ‘The Criminal Code’ (1937): radio adaptation starring Edward G Robinson
Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Philip Kemp, extracts from interviews with Howard Hawks, Henri Langlois on the early sound films of Howard Hawks, overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies
BBFC cert: PG