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Alfred Hitchcock's three-time Academy Award®-nominated wartime suspense classic, LIFEBOAT, arrives on DVD for the very first time October 18, 2005 from Fox Home Entertainment. Garnering Oscar nods for Best Director, Best Writing and Best Cinematography, this riveting 1945 chiller penned by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck , sets Tallulah Bankhead, Hume Cronyn, William Bendix and Walter Slezak adrift on a crowded and leaky wooden raft after their ship is torpedoed by a German U-boat. Soon the claustrophobic LIFEBOAT becomes a microcosm of society with Hitchcock ratcheting-up the tension on board moment by moment as issues of class, race and morality are eclipsed by the desperate struggle to survive. Decried as subversive and "dangerous to the American war effort," by Steinbeck himself upon its release, the film's blend of morality and intrigue and it's revolutionary single location filming method have thrilled audiences and inspired generations of filmmakers, anchoring LIFEBOAT as one of the truly groundbreaking films of the "master of mystery and suspense." The digitally remastered LIFEBOAT DVD is awash in bonus materials including a making-of featurette, audio commentary by USC Hitchcock professor Drew Casper, a gallery of still photography and the original theatrical trailer. The LIFEBOAT DVD is priced at just $19.98 US/$25.98 Canada. Pre-book is September 21, 2005.
DVD Special Features:
The LIFEBOAT DVD features a restored version of the film in full screen (1.33:1) and is available in both stereo and mono with subtitles in English and Spanish. The DVD is fully loaded with bonus features including:
- Commentary by University of Southern California School of Cinema & Television Hitchcock professor and film critic, Drew Casper
- "The Making of Lifeboat" featurette
- The original theatrical trailer
- Still gallery featuring photographs from the set
Nominated for three Academy Awards®, Alfred Hitchcock's World War II drama is a remarkable story of human survival. After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat. Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger – the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With powerful suspense and emotion, this legendary classic reveals the strengths and frailties of individuals under extraordinary duress.