CRITERION: Borzage's Moonrise Debuts in May -- 3 Day Special Price

Criterion has announced a May 8th street date for Frank Borzage's drama Moonrise (1948) on Blu and DVD.

The film stars Dane Clark, Gail Russell and Ethel Barrymore and is making its home video debut. Synopsis and bonus features are below.

Retail for the Blu-ray is $39.95, but it's available at for only $31.99. However, for 3 days only (until February 22nd), we'll be offering it for the special pre-order price of $26.98. The DVD will retail for $29.95.

A small-town fable about violence and redemption, Moonrise is the final triumph of Frank Borzage, one of Hollywood’s most neglected masters.

Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal father, young Danny (Dane Clark) is bruised and bullied until one night, in a fit of rage, he kills his most persistent tormenter. As the police close in around him, Danny makes a desperate bid for the love of the dead man’s fiancée (Gail Russell), a schoolteacher who sees the wounded soul behind his aggression.

With this postwar comeback, Borzage recaptured the inspiration that had animated his long and audacious early career, marrying the lyrical force of his romantic sensibility with the psychological anguish of film noir in a stunning vindication of faith in the power of love.


  • New conversation between author Hervé Dumont (Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic) and film historian Peter Cowie
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Philip Kemp