New York City detective Steve Burns Al Pacino receives orders from Captain Edelson Paul Sorvino to solve a series of brutal murders in the gay community. Steve scours the gay bars that caters to same-sex sadomasochism in a desperate attempt to solve the crime. As he infiltrates the scene, he slowly comes loose from the moorings of his own reality, and an innocent victim is tortured by the cops in an effort to exact a confession. The story is based on actual murders that took place between 1962 and 1979. The film gained considerable publicity because of the controversial subject matter while censor argued between an X and R rating for the feature.~Dan Pavlides
Standard DVD presentation
Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround sound
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary with William Friedkin and critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode
Archival audio commentary by William Friedkin
The History of Cruising - archival featurette lookin at the film's origins and production
Exorcising Cruising - archival featurette looking at the controversy surrounding the film and its enduring legacy
Absolutely incredible movie that has only improved with age. This is Friedkin’s masterpiece. Unfortunately, the transfer is a mess, with every frame loaded with hideous digital noise reduction and revisionist color timing. I expect this was mandated by Friedkin, as Arrow transfers are usually immaculate.
Still, it’s the best we’re likely to get for this film for a long time, so I’m happy to have it.