This lean but atmospheric exercise in wartime realism from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (produced a mere three years after World War II ended in Europe) has been given an overdue DVD release in North America in this deluxe edition from the Criterion Collection. The Small Back Room has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the results are impressive, capturing the rich blacks of Christopher Challis's Noir influenced camerawork with commendable clarity. The audio is mastered in Dolby Digital Mono and sounds nearly as good as the film looks, making the most of the fine details of the intelligently executed audio mix. The dialogue is in English, with optional English subtitles but no multiple language options. Several bonus features have been included, most notably roughly forty-five minutes of audio-only excerpts from Michael Powell's dictated notes for his autobiography, in which he talks about the making of The Small Back Room, his working relationship with studio chief Alexander Korda, his experiences the cast, and the film's disappointing reception at the box office. Also included in this release is an on-camera interview with cinematographer Challis, a commentary track from British film historian Charles Barr, and a booklet featuring an original essay from Nick James. Criterion have previously made a number of Powell and Pressburger's best films available on DVD for American film buffs, and The Small Back Room is a welcome addition to their library, once again confirming the brilliance of the most celebrated team in British filmmaking.