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The Hustler Blu-ray

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 135 Minutes
  • Region: A Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Blu-Ray Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
    ENGLISH: DTS-HD MA 5.1
    SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
    FRENCH: DTS 5.1
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Audio Commentary by Paul Newman, Film Historian Jeff Young, Film Critic Richard Schickel and Others
    Paul Newman At Fox
    Jackie Gleason: The Big Man
    The Real Hustler: Walter Tevis
    Life In The Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson And The Search For Greatness
    Milestones In History: The Hustler
    Swimming With Sharks: The Art Of The Hustle
    The Hustler: Inside Story
    Paul Newman: Hollywood's Cool Hand as seen on Biography on the A&E Network
    Trick Shot Analysis by Mike Massey
    How To Make The Shot Featuring Five Scenes
    Theatrical Trailer
As The Hustler's "Fast" Eddie Felson, Paul Newman created a classic antihero, charismatic but fundamentally flawed, and nobody's role model. A pool player from Oakland, CA, as good as anyone who ever picked up a cue, Eddie has an Achilles' heel: arrogance. It's not enough for him to win: he must force his opponent to acknowledge his superiority. The movie follows Eddie from his match against billiards champ Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) as he falls in love with Sarah (Piper Laurie), an alcoholic would-be writer and sometime prostitute, and falls under the spell of Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), a successful gambler who offers to take Eddie under his wing and teach him how to play in the big time. However, when Sarah joins Eddie and Bert on a trip to Louisville for a high-stakes match with a dandy named Findlay (Murray Hamilton), the consequences prove tragic. Along with a classic performance by Newman, The Hustler also features turns by Scott, Laurie, and Gleason, in a rare dramatic role. Cameos from pool champ Willie Mosconi and boxer Jake LaMotta add to the atmosphere of Harry Horner's grubby production design and Eugen Schüfftan's camerawork. Director Robert Rossen, who had been working in films since 1937, was to direct only one more film, Lilith (1964), before his death in 1966. In 1986, Newman returned to the role of "Fast" Eddie in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, for which he finally earned an Academy Award as Best Actor.
 
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