12 Angry Men - Criterion - Blu-Ray

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12 Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet, may be the most radical courtroom drama in cinema history. A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic film stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father.

  • Director: Sidney Lumet
  • Audio: English
  • Year: 1957
  • Certificate: PG
  • Format: Blu-ray

Special edition bonus features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Frank Schaffner’s 1955 television version, with an introduction by Ron Simon, director of the Paley Centre for Media Studies
  • “12 Angry Men”: From Television to the Big Screen, a video essay by film scholar Vance Kapley comparing the Sidney Lumet and Schaffner versions
  • Archival interviews with Lumet
  • New interview about the director with writer Walter Bernstein
  • New interview with Simon about television writer Reginald Rose
  • New interview with cinematographer John Bailey in which he discusses cinematographer Boris Kaufman
  • Tragedy in a Temporary Town (1956), a teleplay directed by Lumet and written by Rose
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by writer and law professor Thane Rosenbaum