First up in July is Terror In A Texas Town, a brilliant and underrated Western from the writing and directing team behind the noir classic Gun Crazy. Director Joseph H. Lewis and scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo teamed up again for this magnificent 1958 revenge thriller starring Sterling Hayden (The Killing).
Moving into August, Arrow Academy release the great French filmmaker Jean Grémillon’s final film, 1953’s The Love of a Woman, starring Micheline Presle as a young doctor who encounters love – and hostility – on a remote island. The beautiful and elegiac romance is presented on Dual Format Blu-ray and DVD, and includes a feature length documentary on Grémillon, as well as a collector’s booklet with the first pressing.
At the end of August Kiss Me Deadly director Robert Aldrich’s classic Hollywood take down The Big Knife (1955) is released on Blu-ray. This superb adaptation of Clifford Odets’s play features a mesmerising performance from Jack Palance (Shane) as a film star on the edge, and brilliant turns from Shelley Winters (Lolita) as a starlet with a secret, and Rod Steiger (In The Heat Of The Night) as an intense studio boss. Featuring a brand-new 2K restoration, which shows off Ernest Laszlo’s crisp black and white cinematography to sensational effect, the package also has exclusive new commentaries, and a collector’s booklet with the first pressing.
Terror in a Texas Town would bring his noir sensibilities to the American West, resulting in one of his finest works. McNeil (Sebastian Cabot, The Time Machine) is a greedy hotel owner who wants to take control of Prairie City, the Texas town of the title. Keen to drive the local farmers of their land, McNeil hires a gunman, Johnny Crale (Nedrick Young, who would pen the Oscar-winning screenplay for The Defiant Ones the same year), resulting in the death of a former whaler. The dead man’s son, George Hansen (Sterling Hayden, The Killing), arrives in town to inherit the farm and set the stage for revenge – armed with only his father’s old harpoon…
Terror in a Texas Town was written by Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten blacklisted by the film industry and forced to write under pseudonyms or to use ‘fronts’. Two years before he helped break the blacklist with on-screen credits for Otto Preminger’s Exodus and Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, his work was credited to Ben Perry, but it demonstrates a psychological depth and political dimension that is undoubtedly that of Trumbo.
– Original French mono audio (uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles
– In Search of Jean Grémillon, a feature-length documentary on the filmmaker from 1969, containing interviews with director René Clair, archivist Henri Langlois, actors Micheline Presle and Pierre Brasseur, and others
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio
Street Date: 08/22/17
PreBook Date: 07/18/17
Label: Arrow Academy »
Run Time: 104 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Year of Production: 1953
Director: Jean Grémillon
Actors: Micheline Presle, Massimo Girotti, Gaby Morlay