CRITERION: The Fugitive Kind in April

The Fugitive Kind (1959)
April 27th
Retail: $39.99, Our: $29.99
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Criterion has announced an April 27th release date for The Fugitive Kind (1959). It was released on DVD by MGM in 2005 as a single disc without bonus features. This special 2-disc set includes bonus features as well as a booklet typical of Criterion releases.

It will retail for $39.99, but it's available at for only $29.99. Bonus features are below.

Four Academy Award–winning actors—Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton—sink their teeth into this enthralling drama, which brings together the legendary talents of director Sidney Lumet and writer Tennessee Williams.

A smoldering, snakeskin-jacketed Brando is Val Xavier, a guitar-strumming drifter trying to go straight. He finds work and solace in a southern small-town variety store run by Lady Torrance (Magnani), who’s lonely, frustrated, and abused by her vile, deathly ill husband, and who proves as much a temptation for Val as local wild child Carol (Woodward). Lumet captures the intense, fearless performances and Williams’s hot-blooded storytelling and social critique with his customary restraint, resulting in a drama of uncommon sophistication and craft.


  • New video interview with Lumet
  • New documentary featuring Tennessee Williams scholar Robert Bray and film historian R. Barton Palmer discussing Williams’s work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
  • Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long television presentation of three one-act plays by Williams, directed by Lumet in 1958
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson

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