Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced the Blu-ray release of director Elia Kazan's 1950 New Orleans noir Panic in the Streets, starring Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes and Jack Palance in his first film role. The Academy Award-winning thriller (Best Writing, Motion Picture Story) comes to Blu-ray on March 26, 2013.
When a stowaway and illegal immigrant named Kochak is murdered in the New Orleans slums by a vicious hoodlum and his friends, health official Dr. Clinton Reed (Widmark) discovers that the body was carrying pneumonic plague. If he can't figure out who came into contact with the body and inoculate them, a plague could threaten the city. However, Kochak was killed by a gangster named Blackie (Palance) and nobody seems to want to talk. As the hours count down, Dr. Reed and police captain Tom Warren (Douglas) investigate the city. Can a doctor turn detective? He has 48 hours to try.
Exact technical specifications, cover art and special features have yet to be revealed.