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‘Cloak and Dagger’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD January 27, 2020!

Nuclear physicist Alvah Jesper (Cooper) is recruited by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services to become a reluctant undercover agent, traveling to Switzerland to meet with a fellow scientist regarding information on Germany’s plans to construct an atomic bomb. After this colleague is assassinated, Jesper must sneak into Italy via the underground resistance, to contact another scientist. While there, Jesper falls in love with resistance fighter Gina (Lilli Palmer, in her first Hollywood role), and the two must battle shootouts, double crosses, and narrow escapes to smuggle the scientist out of Italy.  A more perfectly titled film would be difficult to imagine, as Cloak and Dagger is a consummate wartime espionage suspense picture, and an intriguing mixture of genres for Lang: part spy thriller, part romantic melodrama, and part patriotic war movie, Cloak and Dagger is another triumph among Lang’s U.S. features, and an expert exercise in genre fusion that’s ripe for rediscovery.

 

Fritz Lang’s gripping WWII espionage thriller starring Gary Cooper and Lilli Palmer

 

The moment he fell in love was his moment of greatest danger

A virtuoso World War II espionage thriller directed by Fritz Lang as his follow-up to the noir classic Scarlet Street (and not long after the war itself had ended), Cloak and Dagger is an underrated entry in Lang’s oeuvre, a crackerjack spy saga with a commanding Gary Cooper performance and a wealth of masterful Langian suspense sequences (as well as some genuinely hard-hitting action set pieces).

Nuclear physicist Alvah Jesper (Cooper) is recruited by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services to become a reluctant undercover agent, traveling to Switzerland to meet with a fellow scientist regarding information on Germany’s plans to construct an atomic bomb. After this colleague is assassinated, Jesper must sneak into Italy via the underground resistance, to contact another scientist. While there, Jesper falls in love with resistance fighter Gina (Lilli Palmer, in her first Hollywood role), and the two must battle shootouts, double crosses, and narrow escapes to smuggle the scientist out of Italy.

A more perfectly titled film would be difficult to imagine, as Cloak and Dagger is a consummate wartime espionage suspense picture, and an intriguing mixture of genres for Lang: part spy thriller, part romantic melodrama, and part patriotic war movie, Cloak and Dagger is another triumph among Lang’s U.S. features, and an expert exercise in genre fusion that’s ripe for rediscovery.

DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Presented in 1080p from a high-definition digital transfer
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Uncompressed LPCM mono audio
  • Brand new audio commentary by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Spycraft A brand new video essay by David Cairns
  • Cloak and Dagger: Lux Radio Theater [57 mins] Radio adaptation from 1946 starring Lilli Palmer and Ronald Reagan
  • Cloak and Dagger: The Radio Series [approx 660 mins]
  • A collector s booklet featuring a new essay by Samm Deighan

 

DETAILS:

 

Label: Eureka!

 

Title| CLOAK & DAGGER (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition

Starring| GARY COOPER | LILLI PALMER | ROBERT ALDA

 

Director| FRITZ LANG

 

Dual Format Cat. No.| EKA70370

Dual Format Barcode| 5060000703702

Dual Format | £19.99

 

Release Date| 27 January 2020

Certificate| PG

Run Time| 106 minutes

OAR| 1.37:1 OAR

Picture| B&W

Genre| Thriller / Film-Noir

Year| 1946

Country| USA

Language| ENGLISH

Subtitles| ENGLISH (Optional)

 

Cloak and Dagger is released on

Blu-ray & DVD in the UK January 27, 2020!

ORDER NOW!

 

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Gerard Iribe is a writer/reviewer for Why So Blu?. He has also reviewed for other sites like DVD Talk, Project-Blu, and CHUD, but Why So Blu? is where the heart is. You can follow his incoherency on Twitter: @giribe

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