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In the Heat of the Night (Criterion)

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Genres: Crime , Drama , Mystery
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates
Director: Norman Jewison
Plot Synopsis:

Passing through the backwoods town of Sparta, Mississippi, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes embroiled in a murder case. He forms an uneasy alliance with the bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger), who faces mounting pressure from Sparta’s hostile citizens to catch the killer and run the African American interloper out of town. Director Norman Jewison splices incisive social commentary into this thrilling police procedural with the help of Haskell Wexler’s vivid cinematography, Quincy Jones’s eclectic score, and two indelible lead performances—a career-defining display of seething indignation and moral authority from Poitier and an Oscar-winning master class in Method acting from Steiger. Winner of five Academy Awards, including for best picture, In the Heat of the Night is one of the most courageous Hollywood films of the civil rights era.

  • Technical Specs
    Length:110 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:New interview with director Norman JewisonNew interview with actor Lee GrantNew interview with Aram Goudsouzian, author of Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, IconAudio commentary from 2008 featuring Jewison, Grant, actor Rod Steiger, and cinematographer Haskell WexlerTurning Up the Heat: Movie-Making in the ’60s, a 2008 program about the production of the film and its legacy, featuring Jewison, Wexler, producer Walter Mirisch, and filmmakers John Singleton and Reginald HudlinQuincy Jones: Breaking New Sound, a 2008 program about Jones’s innovative soundtrack, including its title song sung by Ray Charles, featuring interviews with Jones, lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and musician Herbie HancockTrailerPLUS: An essay by critic K. Austin Collins

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