A welcome if minor arrival on DVD, Panic in the City was one of the more interesting TV movies of its era, if only because it dated from a period before made-for-television features became completely formulaic. Additionally, it had a cast that was a hybrid of top television names of the era and well-remembered movie actors of the '50s -- Linda Cristal, Stephen McNally, Nehemiah Persoff, Dennis Hopper (as a professional assassin), and Anne Jeffreys -- with star Howard Duff bridging the two groups. Additionally, one can spot future television star Mike Farrell in a small role. The plot seemed like silly stuff in 1968, but ironically enough, as the world has changed, it's become somewhat more plausible. Derived loosely (and informally) from the plot of the early '50s Elia Kazan feature Panic in the Streets, only without the latter's cleverness or inventiveness, Panic in the City falls midway in tone and scope between a small, strange feature film and a vastly expanded episode of Howard Duff's then-current series The Felony Squad. A man found unconscious on a Los Angeles street is discovered to be suffering from a lethal dose of radiation. An investigation uncovers a plan by an out of control cell of Soviet agents to construct an atomic bomb in the heart of the city, as part of an international blackmail scheme. Duff plays the agent in charge of the case, looking a little long-of-tooth in this role, with his character always seeming a half-step further behind the villains than seems possible if he is to succeed in stopping them. Linda Cristal is the physician involved in the initial investigation; Stephen McNally is Duff's superior; and Anne Jeffreys, Nehemiah Persoff, and Oscar Beregi are plotters. As with most television features, the settings, pacing, and action are a little too claustrophobic for the plot and the required transitions of scenes, although the sequences involving large numbers of extras have a more opulent look than this kind of movie would have a decade later. Dennis Hopper is in the movie a little too briefly considering that he gives the most interesting performance of anyone present, everyone else choosing to play it by the numbers. The DVD is a decent transfer for one of these down-and-dirty, quickie, low-budget releases. There are minor scratches in the source print, and it is faded slightly and shifted a bit toward green in its color tones and tints, but is acceptable, with no major flaws in the transfer or the disc programming. The budget-priced disc is programmed without time-code read-out or visible chapter displays, and comes with a set of trivia questions and biographies of the major participants.