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Wait Until Dark [DVD] [1967]

Release Date:08/05/2003
Terence Young's thriller Wait Until Dark gets a respectable DVD release from Warner Bros. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The film has arguably never looked better on home video. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a ten-minute featurette consisting primarily of clips from the film and Alan Arkin's recollections of it. Producer Mel Ferrer also contributes a new interview to that short. A quick essay on the different versions of the play is offered, as are a pair of trailers. Another highlight is the inclusion of a one-minute teaser trailer that includes the warning that during the last eight minutes of the picture the theater's lights will be dimmed "to the legal limit." This is a solid release from Warner Bros.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

    Special Features

    • Take a look in the dark as Alan Arkin and producer Mel Ferrer reminisce about the making of the film
    • Stage frantics essay covers the property's stage-to-screen evolution
    • Interactive menus
    • Cautionary teaser and standard theatrical trailers
    • Scene access
    • Languages: English & Français
    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español


    Wait Until Dark
    Wait Until Dark is an innovative, highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller about a blind housewife, Susy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn). Independent and resourceful, Susy is learning to cope with her blindness, which resulted from a recent accident. She is aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod) with whom she has an exasperated but lovingly maternal relationship. Susy's life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a baby doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country. Unknown to Susy, her photographer husband Sam (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) took the doll as a favor for a woman he met on an international plane flight and unwittingly brought the doll to the couple's New York apartment when the woman became afraid of the customs officials. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susy must fight for her life against a gang of ruthless criminals, led by the violent, psychotic Roat (Alan Arkin). The tension builds as Roat, aided by his gang, impersonates police officers and friends of her husband in order to win Susy's confidence, gaining access to her apartment to look for the doll. The climax of the film, a violent physical confrontation between Susie and Roat in her dark kitchen, is one of the most memorable and frightening scenes in screen history. All performances are outstanding, particularly those of Audrey Hepburn who plays a vulnerable, but self-reliant woman, and Alan Arkin, in perhaps his best role, as the ruthless, manipulative Roat. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Audrey Hepburn
      Audrey Hepburn - Susy Hendrix
    • Alan Arkin
      Alan Arkin - Roat
    • Richard Crenna
      Richard Crenna - Mike Talman
    • Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
      Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - Sam Hendrix
    • Jack Weston
      Jack Weston - Carlino

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