12 Angry Men (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

Life is in their hands. Death is on their minds.
12 Angry Men (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: November 22, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: Criterion
  • Note: New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Frank Schaffner's 1955 television version, with an introduction by Ron Simon, surator at the Paley Center for Media
    • Production history of 12 Angry Men, from teleplay to big-screen classic
    • Archival interviews with director Sidney Lumet
    • New interview with screenwriter Walter Bernstein about Lumet
    • New interview with Simon about writer Reginald Rose
    • Tragedy in a Temporary Town (1956), a teleplay directed by Lumet and written by Rose
    • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey about director of photography Boris Kaufman
    • Original theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • English

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Well, I'm not used to supposin'. I'm just a workin' man. My boss does all the supposin' but I'll try one. Supposin' you talk us all out of this and, uh, the kid really did knife his father'"
  - Juror #6 (Edward Binns)

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh100%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 52

Upright97%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 104,860
Fonda shines -- almost literally in a white suit -- as the soft-spoken, merciful Juror No. 8. -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly
Mar 7, 2008
A still-timely look at social and class warfare, as filtered through the deliberations of a jury in the case of an 18-year-old accused of stabbing his father to death.
Chicago Sun-Times
May 18, 2020
Rating: A+ -- This movie is a masterpiece. That term gets thrown around a lot -- it's a very easy thing to say about great films like this -- but this movie is one of the best. This is one of the very few films that I will call perfect. Full Review
ChrisStuckmann.com
Jan 25, 2018
[T]he textures of the film actively transform this righteous template into a bristly, suspenseful, heroic firefight...
Sight and Sound
Jan 1, 2012
Rating: 5/5 -- Too few films take on the art of arguing as a subject; we could certainly use more of them, but until then, Lumet's window into strained civic duty will continue to serve mightily. Full Review
Time Out
Jul 3, 2013
Mechanically written, but within its own middlebrow limitations, it delivers the goods. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 26, 2007
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Although it may sound ungallant, these 12 Angry Men, are all right without distaff glamour. Their dramas are powerful and provocative enough to keep a viewer spellbound. Full Review
New York Times
May 20, 2003

Product Description:

Sidney Lumet's directorial debut is a snapshot of the American judicial system in action. Twelve average New York males convene in a very small jury room on a very hot day in order to reach a verdict in a murder trial. Almost everyone wants to vote guilty and get on with their lives except for Juror No. 8 (Henry Fonda), a conscientious citizen who insists on establishing reasonable doubt. Arguments are made, cigarettes are smoked, murder weapons examined, diagrams drawn, and prejudices revealed. Firm opinions weaken and reverse; voices get raised, the clock ticks, and a ghetto kid's life hangs in the balance.

Lumet's direction and camerawork steadily builds pressure into the plot. Things start out casual, but wind up so close and tight you can count the pores on the actors' noses. Fonda is good in a role well-suited to his extra-large sense of human dignity but the stealth giant in this actors dozen is the ferocious Lee J. Cobb. Jack Klugman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, Ed Begley, and Jack Warden play some of the other jurors, and a better assemblage of grizzled method actors shouting at each other won't likely come again. 12 ANGRY MEN was originally written for television, it is a true classic of the anti-McCarthy message era, and is not to be missed.

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Production Notes:

  • Estimated budget: $343,000.
  • The shoot lasted 19 days.
  • The movie marked the feature-film directorial debut of Sidney Lumet.
  • The film was remade for cable television in 1997, directed by William Friedkin, written again by Reginald Rose, and starring Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Courtney B. Vance, Ossie Davis, James Gandolfini, Tony Danza, and others.

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