New Release: The Long Riders Blu-ray

The Long Riders movie scene

The Jesse James gang makes their getaway in The Long Riders.

The Long Riders, the outstanding 1980 western film by Walter Hill (The Warriors) that details the final days of the notorious Jesse James gang, arrived on Blu-ray disc on June 7, 2011, courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

We’re always excited when a vintage Walter Hill action movie comes to high definition, as it gives his always gorgeous miseenscène and cinematography (in this case, by 48 Hrs.‘s Ric Waite) a chance to shine.

The nifty gimmick behind The Long Riders is in the casting of four sets of real-life brothers in the roles of the sibling members of the James-Younger bank-robbing gang: There’s Stacy and James Keach (Waiting for Forever) as Frank and Jesse James; Robert, Keith and David Carradine (Dark Fields) as Bob, Jim and Cole Younger; Randy and Dennis Quaid (Pandorum) as Clell and Ed Miller; and Nicholas and Christopher Guest (The Mighty Wind) as Bob and Charlie Ford.

Also in the cast (but not siblings) are James Remar (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation) and Pamela Reed (TV’s United States of Tara) as James and Belle Starr.

No bonus features are on the Blu-ray, which carries a list price of $19.99.

Check out the film’s vintage trailer:

 

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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.