Film noir will forever hold a place in the heart of a huge array of cinema lovers everywhere. Now, Eureka Entertainment has released a favourite for many of late noir through hard edged, chilling movie, Human Desire, available for the first time ever on DVD & Blu Ray next month.
From the mind of legendary director, Fritz Lang, Human Desire is a startling dark adaptation of Émile Zola’s novel by the same name, originally released in 1954.
The film stars Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame, who take on the roles as hero and femme fatale, respectively, exhibiting their trademark screen presence. Human Desire sees Lang cast an eye across the human weakness that defines film noir, as he explores themes of deception, passion, infidelity and murder.
A gripping thriller sees Ford playing a train engineer named Jeff who has just returned home from the Korean War and who has an obvious instant attraction to Vicki (Grahamme). Little does he know however that Vicki is the abused wife of Jeff’s alcoholic rail yard supplier Carl (Broderick Crawford). Nor does he realise that Vicki has recently been entangled in a jealousy infused murder committed by her husband.
As a steamy affair embarks, crimes come to light as does blackmail. What are Jeff and Vicki to do with Carl ruining every moment, and any hope of a happy future?
Set in a placid town, ethical shades of grey inhabit the black and white of the screen, exceptionally delivered in bBlu-ray quality, which brings a unique perspective to the genre as a whole. As Lang aims to uncover sinister secrets on small streets, Human Desire is a film set to long stand against the tests of time.
Eureka’s new dual format DVD/Blu-ray release features a 1080p presentation on Blu-ray (with a progressive encode on the DVD), LPCM Mono audio, optional English SDH subtitles, a new and exclusive interview with film historian Tony Rayns, and a collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film alongside rare archival imagery.
Available on DVD & Blu Ray from February 11, noir fans can look forward to a classic re-mastered.