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directed by Andrew L. Stone
USA 1958


A wife, a daughter, a steady job. Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he’s a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who’s demanding $500,000 not to detonate a bomb he’s planted on a domestic airliner. James Mason and Rod Steiger head an “A” cast in a jolting, psychology-driven thriller that, like The Desperate Hours, Suddenly and other 1950s films, turns home sweet home into the tense site of a family held hostage. Cry Terror! adds a sweaty layer of sexual tension as well, provided by Angie Dickinson as the terrorist’s sinuous moll and Neville Brand as his benny-addled henchman, salivating over Molner’s distraught wife (Inger Stevens).


Theatrical Release: 2 May 1958 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:36:09

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.64 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:08)

DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
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Chapters 32



Cry Terror! is very suspenseful hostage thriller from the same director who brought us hostage thriller The Night Holds Terror just three years prior. It seems Andrew L. Stone improved on the old formula, with more suspense and stakes are much higher with a mad plane bomber on the loose. The acting is also much improved with James Mason and Inger Stevens giving stellar performances as a married couple hold hostage and Rod Steiger chews scenery as a diabolically evil madman. Neville Brand, Angie Dickinson and Jack Klugman are his partners in crime and each actor gets a chance to shine.

Warner Archive made-on-demand disc is marked as remastered and the progressive enhanced transfer is very good quality. There are very few marks, especially compared to Andrew L. Stone's another feature released on DVD the same day - Julie. The mono soundtrack is without any distortion and clear. An open matte theatrical trailer is included - see comparison of framing in the first capture. There are generous 32 chapters. A highly recommended release.

  - Gregory Meshman


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