Several of the most classic plays staged live on the home screen in the 1950s most of which became feature films later are compiled in this Criterion Collection set.
Rod Steiger stars as a butcher looking for love in "Marty"; Andy Griffith plays a boisterous military recruit in "No Time for Sergeants"; Jack Palance portrays a boxer bracing for post-fight life in "Requiem for a Heavyweight"; Paul Newman is a baseball player helping an ill teammate in "Bang the Drum Slowly"; and Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie are cast as an alcoholic couple in "Days of Wine and Roses." Also included is the Rod Serling-written corporate power struggle drama "Patterns." DVD extras: audio commentaries by, and interviews with, cast and crew members; booklet. **** (Not rated: AS)