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House by the River (1950) Blu-ray: A Fritz Lang film-noir

Kino Lorber is releasing a much forgotten Fritz Lang classic film-noir, House by the River (1950) on a 2K remaster Blu-ray. Stars Louis Hayward.

Exiled to Republic Pictures, Fritz Lang created House by the River, a shocking and mordant low-budget thriller. Like fellow cinema giants Orson Welles and John Ford, Lang enjoyed a freedom at Republic that allowed him to make a truly unique and personal film. Regarding House by the River, Cahiers du Cinéma declared, “Lang’s main erotic obsession is displayed more clearly than in any of his other films.”

Victorian ne’er-do-well Stephen Byrne (Louis Hayward, And Then There Were None) assaults and accidentally murders his wife’s virginal housekeeper. With the reluctant assistance of loyal brother John (Lee Bowman, Bataan), Stephen remorselessly consigns the girl’s corpse to the river. But as John’s affection for Stephen’s wife Marjorie (Jane Wyatt, Pitfall), police suspicion about the girl’s disappearance, and the depths of Stephen’s depravity all escalate, the river itself provokes a horrifying reunion between victim and murderer.

Boasting an ingenious script by The Spiral Staircase scribe Mel Dinelli and evocative photography by seven-time Oscar nominee Edward Cronjager (Heaven Can Wait), House by the River is a criminally underrated American film, both a work of art and a moral nightmare.

Release date: January 14, 2020
Genre: Crime / Film Noir

Disc and film details

  • Director: Fritz Lang
  • Cast: Louis Hayward, Lee Bowman, Jane Wyatt
  • Country: USA
  • Production Year: 1950
  • Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
  • Region: A
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Formats: Black and white / 2K / 1.37:1
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitle: English
  • AKA: Floodtide
  • Studio: Kino Lorber

Special features

  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • Interview with Celebrated Producer and Historian Pierre Rissient
  • Trailers
  • Optional English subtitles for the main feature

House by the River (1950) trailer

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