The Dark Past (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Rudolph Maté, 1948)
Release date: 26 June 2023
Standard Edition Blu-ray

William Holden (The Wild Bunch) and Lee J Cobb (The Garment Jungle, The Exorcist) lead the cast of The Dark Past, a psychological film noir thriller focusing on the art of criminal psychoanalysis.

Dr Collins, a police psychiatrist, is held hostage along with his family by escaped gang boss Al Walker and his accomplices. When Collins learns that Walker is plagued by nightmares, he begins to analyse his captor, and a battle of wills ensues...

Co-starring Nina Foch (Escape in the Fog), co-written by Marvin Wald (The Naked City), and directed by Rudolph Maté (D.O.A.), The Dark Past is a powerful tale of home invasion and hostages.


  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with academic and curator Eloise Ross (2021)
  • The Poised Performance (2021, 14 mins): critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson assesses the career of actor Nina Foch
  • The Gulf Screen Guild Theater: ‘Blind Alley’ (1940, 23 mins): radio adaptation of the James Warwick play upon which The Dark Past is based, starring Edward G Robinson, Joseph Calleia and Isabel Jewell
  • Shivering Sherlocks (1948, 18 mins): the Three Stooges get mixed up with a dangerous gang of criminals hiding out at an isolated mansion
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing