The Criterion Collection released this multi-Academy Award winning(Best Picture and director for Elia Kazan) film from 1954, an absolute cinematic classic, possibly the best film from the 1950's, that stars Marlon Brando(Best Actor winner) as former prizefighter Terry Malloy mixed up with ruthless gangster Johnny Friendly(played by Lee J. Cobb) who controls the longshoreman's union and isn't above murder to get his way. Eva Marie Saint won a best supporting actress Oscar as the sister of a man murdered by the mob, and who becomes involved with Terry. Rod Steiger costars as his brother who is embedded deeper in that mob, though still has loyalty for him, and Karl Malden also costars as the crusading Parish Priest determined to put the gang out of business. Budd Schulberg won an Academy Award for his searing, insightful screenplay, punctuated brilliantly by the haunting, moving and majestic score by Leonard Bernstein, his only cinematic contribution!
A massive 4K upgrade from the 2001 Columbia DVD, porting over those extras but including many new ones including interviews with actors Eva Marie Saint, Thomas Hanley, and director Elia Kazan, who also features in a vintage documentary from 1982, along with featurettes about the film itself, composer Leonard Bernstein, and the real life corruption of that time that inspired the story. Presented on 2-discs, and three aspect ratios(which gets its own featurette), with the second disc showing the film in both 1:85:1 and 1:33:1, with the first disc on 1:66:1. Not to be missed, and holds up beautifully today.