Metrodome bring you Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss
Metrodome have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Shock Corridor/The Naked Kiss, a double-disc collection of two films from writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller. Arriving on 17th November 2003 with a retail price of £19.99 this two-disc set will also feature liner and production notes by Brad Stevens, and a text interview with Samuel Fuller.
From the PR:
One of cinema's first true auteurs, writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller was a fiercely independent filmmaker whose idiosyncratic style has influenced countless contemporary directors including Wim Wenders, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Jean-Luc Godard. Now, two of Fuller's most highly regarded films, SHOCK CORRIDOR and THE NAKED KISS, are being released for the first time on DVD as a double disc presentation from Metrodome.
SHOCK CORRIDOR concerns ambitious journalist Johnny Barrett, who is determined to win a Pulitzer Prize by solving a murder committed in a lunatic asylum. Although three inmates witnessed the crime, the police are unable to identify the murderer. Reluctantly aided by his girlfriend and an unethical psychiatrist, Barrett manages to have himself committed to the asylum, where he sets about tracking down and interviewing the witnesses. But he soon discovers the difficulties of maintaining one's sanity among the insane.
In THE NAKED KISS, Kelly, a high class call girl, moves to the small town of Grantville where, following a brief tryst with local sheriff Captain Griff, she decides to give up her illicit lifestyle to become a nurse working with handicapped children. Griff doesn't trust Kelly and seems determined to run her out of town; that is until Kelly falls for J.L. Grant, the town's leading citizen and Griff's best friend. Just as Griff begins to believe that Kelly is on the level, murder and scandal threaten to destroy the new life Kelly has begun to build for herself.
Both previously banned by the British censors, Samuel Fuller's amazing SHOCK CORRIDOR and THE NAKED KISS are now being made available for the first time in Fuller's original versions. Aided by the startling camerawork of legendary cinematographer Stanley Cortez (who had previously worked on Laughton's The Night Of The Hunter and Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons), and both starring Constance Towers (star of US TV's General Hospital), these two films provide the perfect showcase for the directorial skills that led to Fuller being practically deified by the French New Wave directors.