The Asphalt Jungle (#847)

Type: New Blu-Ray

In a smog-choked city somewhere in the American Midwest, an aging criminal mastermind, newly released from prison, hatches a plan for a million-dollar jewel heist and draws a wealthy lawyer and a cherry-picked trio of outlaws into his carefully devised but inevitably doomed scheme. Anchored by an abundance of nuanced performances from a gifted ensemble—including a tight-jawed Sterling Hayden and a sultry Marilyn Monroe in her breakout role—this gritty crime classic by John Huston climaxes in a meticulously detailed anatomy of a robbery that has reverberated through the genre ever since. An uncommonly naturalistic view of a seamy underworld, The Asphalt Jungle painstakingly depicts the calm professionalism and toughness of its gangster heroes while evincing a remarkable depth of compassion for their all-too-human fragility, and it showcases a master filmmaker at the height of his powers.


New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

Audio commentary from 2004 by film historian Drew Casper, featuring archival recordings of actor James Whitmore

Pharos of Chaos, a 1983 documentary about actor Sterling Hayden

New interviews with film noir historian Eddie Muller and cinematographer John Bailey

Archival footage of writer-director John Huston discussing the film

Episode of the television program City Lights from 1979 featuring Huston

Audio excerpts of archival interviews with Huston


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien