The Offence (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray


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“After 20 years, what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him.” — In their third screen collaboration, the iconic Sean Connery and director Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon) plumb the depths of what is perhaps their most psychologically complex creation: a member of the British Police Force who has perhaps witnessed one horror too many.

Two decades into a career marked by fraught investigations into murders and sex crimes, Detective-Sergeant Johnson (Connery) loses all composure whilst conducting an interrogation with a suspected rapist, assaulting him and, subsequently, beating him to death. The lead-up to this moment is charted across the course of the film in a careful flashback structure... and the lines between guilt and innocence, protector and sadist, become ineradicably blurred.

Released only one year before the director's Serpico and almost a decade before Prince of the City, The Offence offers an early Lumetian investigation into the psyche of a policeman under duress, and the potential for corruption within a high-stakes profession. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Offence for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Dual Format edition.

Bonus Features:

  • New 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray
  • 32-PAGE BOOKLET with a new essay on the film by Mike Sutton, an archival interview with Sidney Lumet, and more!

Product Details

  • 15
  • Sean Connery,
  • Trevor Howard,
  • Vivien Merchant
  • Sidney Lumet
  • B
Aspect Ratio:
  • 1.66:1 OAR
Sound Information:
  • Dolby Digital
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Main Language:
  • English
Run Time:
  • 112 mins approx.
  • Masters of Cinema
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1972

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