Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has sued the makers of a thriller for more than $2m (£1.3m), claiming he has not been fully paid for the project.
Brody, 37, says he is owed $640,000 (£407,000) for Turin-set film Giallo and that it was released on DVD in the US on Tuesday without his permission.
A judge in Los Angeles said Brody could seek an injunction against the sale.
Giallo Productions Ltd and Hannibal Pictures "respectfully dispute his allegations" over the 2008-shot film.
Brody, who won the best actor Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist, sued the film's makers in federal court on Thursday but a last-minute petition to stop the DVD release was denied.
He can still seek an injunction but must first inform the film-makers of his intentions, the judge said.
The actor says Giallo's producers lied to him about financing, grossly over-exaggerating the value of the movie's Italian distribution rights.
Brody contends that the terms of his contract allow him to withhold his likeness from the film until he is paid, but that producers have ignored his demands.
Giallo Productions and Hannibal Pictures say Brody has been paid nearly $1m (£636,000).
They say they have been trying to negotiate a deal for several months and that Brody's allegations are inconsistent with the contract he signed.
"Hannibal and Giallo have acted with the utmost integrity," their lawyer, A Raymond Hamrick III, said.