Paul Thomas Anderson claims that everything he knows about directing he learned from John Sturges’ commentary on the BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK laserdisc.
Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.
This was the first MGM film to be shot in Cinemascope. According to director John Sturges’s commentary track on the Criterion Laserdisc release, it was also filmed at the same time in the standard 4:3 ratio version because studio executives still weren’t sure how well the wide screen format would work. That version was never released.