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The "Wages of Fear" Is Debt

Damn the Criterion Collection. Like it wasn't bad enough when Image Entertainment decided to try the patience of its loyal customer base by releasing the jam-packed definitive edition "Twilight Zones" soon after having released the entire series in a more stripped down form. Now the troops at Criterion have seen fit to reissue Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1953 study in suspense, "Wages of Fear."

Opinion varies regarding the release date of the new version of Clouzot's masterpiece. Digital Eyes bids Oct. 18. Amazon chimes in with Oct. 25. And the official word from Criterion? Well, they seem to think it's "coming soon."

To give credit where it's due, it appears that they've done a bang-up job on the reissue, and I look forward to seeing the extras, including--according to both of the aforementioned retailers--an archival interview with actor Yves Montand. But there's one thing the previous edition still has over the new one: the cover photo. I invite you to compare the new with the old!--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on October 11, 2005 10:01 PM
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