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The Snake Pit (Blu-ray)


Controversial drama starring Olivis de Havilland

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Shocking and highly controversial at the time of release, The Snake Pit broke new ground in Hollywood cinema for its depiction of mental illness and its treatment.

Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind; The Heiress), delivers an astounding performance as a young bride who suffers a breakdown and finds herself committed to an asylum.

Director Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number; Anastasia) had to fight to persuade producer Darryl Zanuck to back the film, but the result remains one of the most potent and powerful films to tackle the subject and was an influence on later works such as Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor (1963), Robert Rossen’s Lilith (1964) and Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).

  • 4K remaster from original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with author and film historian Aubrey Solomons
  • The Battles of Olivia de Havilland (2019): critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson discusses the revered actor’s illustrious career
  • Neil Sinyard on The Snake Pit (2019): A new appreciation by the author and film historian
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: On-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Lindsay Hallam, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
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SKU 5037899071588
Catalogue Number PHILTD104
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1948
Director Anatole Litvak
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Powerhouse Films
Countries USA
Colour Black & white
Sound Original mono
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 104 min
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG
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