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Apr 292020
 

New Blu-ray!

BLOOD ON THE MOON (1948) New 2020 1080p Master from 4K Scan of Original Camera Negative 

Director Robert Wise is at the helm as Robert Mitchum, Robert Preston, and Barbara Bel Geddes star in this taut Western thriller about a gunslinging drifter who realizes he’s been hired to be a villain. Out on the Texas frontier, Jim Garry (Mitchum) rides into town, quickly getting caught in a simmering confrontation between homesteaders and cattle ranchers. After accepting employment from an old mercenary friend, Tate Riling (Preston), Garry comes to realize that Riling has been manipulating the tensions between rancher John Lufton (Tom Tully) and the local settlers in a bid to swindle the Luftons out of their livestock. Garry becomes torn between his conscience and his greed until he finds himself falling for John Lufton’s daughter, the formidable Amy (Bel Geddes). Soon, the two old friends will face off in a bloody showdown from which only one will leave alive. Often cited as a true “Noir Western,” this lost classic aptly demonstrates both Robert Mitchum’s and Robert Wise’s rapidly rising talents, elevating a superb shoot ’em up to something that sits with the viewer long after watching. Long unavailable on Home Entertainment, Blood on the Moon rides in looking better than ever thanks to this brand new 2020 1080p master on Blu-ray Disc. Based on the novel Gunman’s Chance by Luke Short.

 

RACHEL AND THE STRANGER (1948) New 2020 1080p HD Master from 4K Scan of Original Nitrate Elements

Two of the Golden Age’s most iconic – and laconic! – leading men vie for the attentions of one of its loveliest – and strongest – leading ladies in this Western romance directed by Norman Foster. Straight arrow Christian frontiersman widower “Big Davey” Harvey (Holden) purchases bondservant Rachel (Loretta Young) for 18 dollars to act as his wife and a mother to his young son Davey (Gary Gray). It’s a marriage in name only until family friend, the mountain man Jim Fairways (Robert Mitchum) comes calling. Equal parts drama and Western, Rachel and The Stranger gives it’s leads time to inhabit their roles and layer on nuance before exploding in a riveting Western climax. And it’s never looked better than it does on this brand-new presentation sourced from original nitrate! Also, did we mention Mitchum sings? This new presentation restores nearly 15 minutes of footage cut from the film over 65 years ago. Also restored is the screen credit for its blacklisted writer Waldo Salt, which was removed from the film by RKO for its 1954 theatrical re-release.

 

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1962) New 2020 1080p HD Master 

Geraldine Page and Paul Newman star in Richard Brooks’ adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play, a paean to washed out and wasted youth. Failed actor and gigolo Chance Wayne (Newman) has attached himself to fading movie queen Alexandra Del Lago (Page) as an escort to guide her back to Hollywood in time for her comeback premiere. He has one stop to make on the way, the town he fled years before. But the town has a long memory, and the wounds he left in Heavenly (Shirley Knight), the girl he left behind, demand recompense. Special Features: “Sweet Bird of Youth: Chasing Time” Featurette; Vintage Rip Torn and Geraldine page Screen Test; Theatrical Trailer (HD). 16×9 Widescreen

 

REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (1967) New 2020 1080p HD Masters – A 2-Disc Special Edition! 

Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando star in John Huston’s adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel of passion and perversion seething beneath the peaceful surface of a quiet military base. At a Georgia army base, Major Welden Penderton (Marlon Brando) shows no interest in his wife, Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor), so she takes a lover- her husband’s superior officer (Brian Keith), whose neurotic wife (Julie Harris) rarely leaves her sickbed. Meanwhile, the repressed Penderton lusts after handsome Private Williams (Robert Forster), a mysterious young man whose secret obsession with Leonora reaches a terrifyingly dangerous climax. This 2-disc set presents Reflections in a Golden Eye in both of its forms: the original “gold”-hued version of the film, as legendary director Huston intended, and the full-color general theatrical release version. Both have been newly remastered especially for this release. Special Features: Contains Both “Gold”-hued Version and Full-color General Release Version; Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage. 16×9 Widescreen

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