New Release: WUSA DVD

WUSA

Part of its collection of vintage Paramount movies, Olive Films released on DVD the fascinating 1970 drama WUSA on Dec. 7, 2010, for a suggested retail price of $24.95.

Starring Paul Newman (Hud), Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve), Anthony Perkins (Psycho) and Pat Hingle (Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), WUSA concerns a jaded disc-jockey (Newman) who offers his services to WUSA, a conservative, hate-stirring station out of New Orleans. While struggling with his own apathy, the deejay begins spreading hateful messages perpetrated by the owner of the station (Hingle), which leads to some pretty ugly goings-on.

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke) and based on Robert Stone’s best-selling novel A Hall of Mirrors, WUSA also stars Laurence Harvey (1962’s The Manchurian Candidate), Don Gordon (Bullitt), Cloris Leachman (The Women), Moses Gunn (The Neverending Story) and Wayne Rogers (TV’s M*A*S*H).

Other classic Paramount films released on DVD from Olive Films the same day were the 1962 action-drama Escape From Zahrain, starring Yul Brynner (Fuzz), Sal Mineo (Rebel Without a Cause) and Jack Warden (Heaven Can Wait), and the hard-hitting 1969 prison drama Riot, starring Gene Hackman (The French Connection) and Jim Brown (The Dirty Dozen). Each carries a suggested retail price of $24.95.

Olive released Paramount’s Crack in the World in July 2010.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.