The 1957 drama The Strange One, on DVD now for the first time, is a strange one indeed. And deserves to be a cult favorite, too. The AV Club's Nathan Rabin writes that Ben Gazzara made a "powerhouse debut... Actors Studio colleague James Dean reportedly fought for the lead, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else in Gazzara’s role." Full of "raging homoeroticism...the film’s long takes, bare sets, and talky scenes end up working in its favor, imbuing [Calder] Willingham’s darkly comic little drama with pummeling intensity and sweaty claustrophobia."