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Early in his career, Don Siegel made his mark with this sensational and high-octane but economically constructed drama set in a maximum-security penitentiary. Riot in Cell Block 11, the brainchild of producer extraordinaire Walter Wanger, is a ripped-from-the-headlines social-problem picture about inmatesí rights that was inspired by a recent spate of uprisings in American prisons. In Siegelís hands, the film, shot on location at Folsom State Prison, with real inmates and guards as extras, is at once brash and humane, showcasing the hard-boiled visual flair and bold storytelling for which the director would become known.

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Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New audio commentary by film scholar Matthew H. Bernstein
Excerpts from the directorís 1993 autobiography, A Siegel Film, read by his son Kristoffer Tabori
Excerpts from Stuart Kaminskyís 1974 book Don Siegel: Director, read by Tabori
Excerpts from the 1953 NBC radio documentary series The Challenge of Our Prisons
PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara, a 1954 article by producer Walter Wanger (dual-format only), and a 1974 tribute to Siegel by filmmaker Sam Peckinpah (dual-format only)

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