Indicator have not only done it again, they have truly defined a superb niche selection of amazing films. This film is no exception and will be easily able to slip alongside some truly amazing films from cinema legends. They look great, have been treated well by investment in additional content and above all are things to treasure,as you add them to your collection.
When Bubber Reeves (Redford) escapes from the county jail, it is the good sheriff Calder (Brando) task to catch up with him. The town is afraid that Bubber might come back and pay back some debts owed over some wrongs done. Emily Stewart (Janice Rule) and her cuckold husband Edwin (Robert Duvall) are two such people. One saw the boy as her lover, the other as a poor sap that took the fall.
Melodrama, mixed with all manner of genre troupes in the post new wave world. Hell lets be honest melodrama was using all sorts of troupes for ages. Take Violent Saturday (up next on NEODROME, a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NEODROMEUK/) that merged crime drama with melodrama. This takes a simmering town, escaped convicts (and passions). Then plays the whole thing as a exposition of truth via the sad circumstance of a poor boy. Its wonderful to see great actors in their prime, a great director work with balance and a clear eye and to listen to a wonderful script by Hellman (rewritten but whose counting that!) Its a great film. A great film indeed.
The disc is packed with extras. Some good like the Penn interview (the son is very knowledgeable.) Some excellent like Ayoade interview with his father in law, James Fox. Fox is charming and gives rounding to the feature via why, when and who. The isolated score is a real bonus, as is that booklet. Christina Newland essay is worth the price alone….
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• 4K restoration from the original negative
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with film historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman
• Arthur Penn on ‘The Chase’ (1996, tbc mins): previously unseen footage from Paul Joyce’s documentary Marlon Brando: The Wild One
• Matthew Penn on ‘The Chase’ (2017, tbc mins): a new interview with director Arthur Penn’s son
• James Fox on ‘The Chase’ (2017, tbc mins): the renowned actor interviewed by Richard Ayoade
• Super 8 version: original cut-down home cinema presentation
• Isolated Score: experience John Barry’s original soundtrack music
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Christina Newland, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies
• More TBC