Writing about The Night of the Hunter the other day kind of made me want to show off; Criterion has produced a marvelous Blu-ray package of the film, and I snapped some photos earlier today just in case anyone wanted to see the set up close and personal (well, as personal as can be considering that this is over the internet). Enjoy:
The folks at Criterion really outdid themselves with this set; it looks quite amazing, doesn’t it? And that’s just the physical part of it all. On the discs we get multiple documentaries and interviews, a fantastic commentary by Terry Sanders, Robert Gitt, F.X. Feeney, and Preston Neal Jones. And on the second disc, we get Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter,” a two and a half hour behind the scenes/making-of documentary that was so insightful to how Laughton worked with the actors and how The Night of the Hunter came into being. And, of course, we get some essays: included here are Holy Terror by Terrence Rafferty and Downriver and Heavenward with James Agee by Michael Sragow. It’s a wonderful set, and I think everyone should at least see the film (and then buy it on Blu-ray!).