The Film Detective has selected Oct. 25 as the street date for a newly-restored (with original 35mm film elements) Blu-ray presentation of director Lewis Allen’s 1954 film noir political thriller, Suddenly!, starring Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden and Nancy Gates.
This will be the first time that Suddenly! has been released on Blu-ray in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.75:1 (as opposed to the standard TV crop of 4:3 or 1.33:1).
The film would have a devastating impact upon Frank Sinatra, as it — along with his 1962 film, The Manchurian Candidate — would foreshadow the assassination of president John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. So much so that Suddenly! was disowned and he forbid the home video distribution of The Manchurian Candidate until the late 1980s.