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Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time.
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard
Portrait of a “60% Perfect Man”: Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment
Interview with actor Kirk Douglas from 1984
Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute
Audio excerpts from an interview with Wilder’s coscreenwriter Walter Newman
Video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee
PLUS: Essays by critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin
RUN TIME: 111 minutes
COLOR: Black & White
ASPECT RATIO: 1.33:1