The Criterion Collection released High Sierra to Blu-ray on October 12, 2021. Raoul Walsh directed the film starring Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, and Alan Curtis.
‘High Sierra’ Criterion Synopsis
Marking the moment when the gritty gangster sagas of the 1930s began giving way to the romantic fatalism of ’40s film noir, High Sierra also contains the star-making performance of Humphrey Bogart, who, alongside top-billed Ida Lupino, proved his leading-man mettle with his tough yet tender turn as Roy Earle. A career criminal plagued by his checkered past, Roy longs for a simpler life, but after getting sprung on parole, he falls in with a band of thieves for one last heist in the Sierra Nevada. Directed with characteristic punch by Raoul Walsh—who makes the most of the vertiginous mountain location—this gripping thriller sends Roy and Lupino’s Marie, a fellow outcast also desperate to escape her past, hurtling inexorably toward an unforgettable cliffside climax and a rendezvous with destiny.
- New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Colorado Territory, director Raoul Walsh’s 1949 western remake of High Sierra
- New conversation on Walsh between film programmer Dave Kehr and critic Farran Smith Nehme
- The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh, a 2019 documentary by Marilyn Ann Moss
- Curtains for Roy Earle, a 2003 featurette on the making of High Sierra
- Bogart: Here’s Looking at You, Kid, a 1997 documentary aired on The South Bank Show
- New interview with film and media historian Miriam J. Petty about actor Willie Best
- New video essay featuring excerpts from a 1976 American Film Institute interview with novelist and screenwriter W. R. Burnett
- Radio adaptation of High Sierra from 1944
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith
New cover illustration by Jennifer Dionisio