Ministry of Fear [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1944]

  • SKU: 20913137
  • Release Date: 03/12/2013
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

Special Features


  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New interview with Fritz Lang scholar Joe McElhaney
  • Trailer
  • Plus: an essay by critic Glenn Kenny

Synopsis


Ministry of Fear
An innocent man is drawn into a web of espionage when he unwittingly comes into possession of a crucial piece of microfilm in this shadowy, ominous film noir. Fritz Lang's adaptation of Graham Greene's novel is filled with unusual touches, beginning with the fact that protagonist Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) has just been released from a mental asylum. To celebrate his return to the real world, he visits a local carnival, only to accidentally receive a "prize" meant for a Nazi agent. When he discovers the error, he turns for help to a detective, whose investigations only make the matter more complicated. Neale soon winds up on the run from both the Nazis and the police, who mistakenly believe him guilty of murder. Lang's famous expressionistic style is somewhat muted here, but Henry Sharp's crisp black-and-white cinematography sets a suitably unsettling mood, and the twists and double-crosses of Greene's story unfold at an appropriately quick pace. While it does not reach the same level of timeless classic as Carol Reed's adaptation of Greene's The Third Man four years later, Ministry of Fear stands as a well-made, thoroughly gripping and intelligent example of film noir. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ray Milland
    Ray Milland - Stephen Neale
  • Marjorie Reynolds
    Marjorie Reynolds - Carla Hilfe
  • Dan Duryea
    Dan Duryea - Cost/Travers
  • Hillary Brooke
    Hillary Brooke - The Second Mrs. Bellane
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    Percy Waram - Inspector Prentice



Overall customer rating

4.9
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic noir from Fritz Lang

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    Oblivion138
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    German auteur Fritz Lang (Metropolis, M) also created some great films in Hollywood during the golden age, and Ministry of Fear is a sharp fever-dream of a movie that's equal parts espionage, noir, and Kakfaesque paranoia. Criterion's Blu-ray looks and sounds great, and despite the fact that extras are below the usual Criterion standard, the extras provided are enlightening, and the low price makes up for the paucity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fascinating Noir from Lang

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    xoconostle
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    Ray Milland stars as a man who stumbles into complex intrigue in this excellent wartime Film Noir from master director Fritz Lang. As usual the Criterion treatment is stellar and the "extras" help to contextualize the film and its interesting history.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful addition to the Criterion Collection!

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    Italy12
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    Fritz Lang delivers this masterpiece revolving around World War II. Ray Milland is brilliant as Stephen Neale, caught in a world with possible (German party involved in the Holocaust - can't use the "N-word" for some reason!!) connections.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very cool spy thriller

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    WhoIsPon
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    Fritz Lang directed this early noir thriller and he may have created the template for the genre with this little-known gem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top notch

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    Jason
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    This is a top notch film by a great director. Fritz Lang is one of my favorites.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fritz Lang!

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    jxxe
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    If you like M or Metropolis, check out this other Criterion release by Fritz Lang.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Noir

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    Visions
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    The criterion version is just wonderful. A classic Lang noir.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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