'In The Heat of the Night' Blu-ray Announced

Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM PST by

Norman Jewison's 1967 Academy Award-winning crime thriller arrives on Blu-ray in January.

In an early announcement to retailers, MGM/UA is working on 'In The Heat of the Night' for Blu-ray on January 14.

Starring Academy Award winners Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Lee Grant, this provocative mystery thriller won five 1967 Oscars including Best Picture. Highlighted by an evocative score from Oscar-winning composer Quincy Jones, 'In The Heat of the Night' is a "powerful film" (The New York Times) that delivers the "highest level of exciting entertainment" (New York Daily News)!

While traveling in the deep south, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crime -- and then asked to solve it! Finding the killer proves to be difficult, however, especially when his efforts are constantly thwarted by the bigoted town Sheriff (Steiger). But neither man can solve this case alone. Putting aside their differences and prejudices, they join forces in a desperate race against time to discover the shocking truth.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a lossless 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Audio Commentary with Norman Jewison, Lee Grant, Rod Steiger and Cinematographer Haskell Wexler; Turning Up the Heat: Moviemaking in the '60s; The Slap Heard Around the World; and Quincy Jones: Breaking New Sound.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $19.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'In The Heat of the Night' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under January 14.

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In the Heat of the Night (1967) (Blu-ray)
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