Devil in a Blue Dress

The Criterion Collection

Devil in a Blue Dress

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The bone-deep disillusionment of postwar film noir becomes a powerful vehicle to explore America’s racial injustices in Carl Franklin’s richly atmospheric Devil in a Blue Dress, an adaptation of the hard-boiled novel by Walter Mosley. Denzel Washington has charisma to burn as the jobless ex-GI Easy Rawlins, who sees a chance to make some quick cash when he’s recruited to find the missing lover (Jennifer Beals) of a wealthy mayoral candidate in late-1940s Los Angeles—only to find himself embroiled in murder, political intrigue, and a scandal that crosses the treacherous color lines of a segregated society. Featuring breakout work by Don Cheadle as Rawlins’s cheerfully trigger-happy sidekick, this stylish mystery both channels and subverts classic noir tropes as it exposes the bitter racial realities underlying the American dream.

FILM INFO

  • United States
  • 1995
  • 101 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1135

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Carl Franklin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary featuring Franklin
  • New conversation between Franklin and actor Don Cheadle
  • New conversation between Walter Mosley, author of the novel on which the film is based, and novelist and screenwriter Attica Locke
  • Onstage conversation between Franklin and film historian Eddie Muller, recorded at the 2018 Noir City Film Festival in Chicago
  • Screen test for Cheadle
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Julian Kimble

    New cover by James Ransome