"I Want to Live!"(1958) for all it's drama and tension is first and foremost a damning indictment of capital punishment. Despite the inaccuracies and liberties it takes with it's subject matter, director Robert Wise has crafted a brutal story that has lost none of it's power after nearly sixty years. Based on the last few years of Barbara Graham(a bad girl like no other) who at one time or another was convicted of prostitution, perjury, forgery and ultimately murder, there is no attempt whatsoever in the film to gloss over her crimes and make her sympathetic. The real Graham was not very likable that much is clear. Twilight Time has now brought "I Want to Live!" to Blu-ray for the first time and the results are once again outstanding. Originally released by United Artists, MGM(which owns the UA catalog) has provided an excellent print and Twilight has given the film a high bitrate(30.03). There are no vertical lines, dirt, torn or damaged frames and the B&W cinematography by Lionel Lindon is really on display. Whether in the dusty, smoke filled interiors of the jazz club that opens the picture or the final scenes in San Quentin's death chamber, "I Want to Live!" contains vivid images that will stay with you long after the film's harrowing ending. Close-ups are especially detailed, so much so, that you can easily see the make-up on individual actors and actresses. And speaking of actresses, Susan Hayward gives a career making(and Oscar winning) performance in a role that she was meant to play. Defiant, opinionated, and only concerned about having a good time no matter what the cost to her(or anyone else), Hayward is astonishing in the role of a lifetime. The emotions and torment she goes through in the final thirty minutes of the film as she awaits to die in the gas chamber is unbearable and hard to watch even after all these years. Hayward gets great support from Simon Oakland, Theodore Bikel and Virginia Vincent among others. The Audio(English DTS-HA MA 1.0) is crystal clear and free of any noise artifacts(hiss, pops, etc.). Jazz lovers will especially appreciate the music of Johnny Mandel which is one of the highlights of the film and is offered as an isolated score as part of the special features. "I Want to Live!" is 121 minutes(Aspect ratio: 1.85:1) and only contains the following subtitle: English SDH. Special features include an audio commentary and the original theatrical trailer. There is an informative booklet by film historian Julie Kirgo about the making of the film. The Blu-ray disc itself is housed in a solid transparent(clear) Blu-ray case (not an eco-cutout) similar to those used by Criterion. "I Want to Live!" is not for everyone and might even be hard to watch for some, but it has lost none of it's power and certainly comes recommended.