New Release: The Hustler 50th Anniversary Blu-ray

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Paul Newman is Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released The Hustler 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, starring the legendary Paul Newman (Road to Perdition) as pool shark Fast Eddie Felson, on May 17, 2011, marking the classic film’s high-definition debut. It carries a list price of $34.98.

In the drama movie, Fast Eddie has fleeced his share of pool-hall gamblers, but now has his eye on one man: pool champ Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason, Skidoo). But after losing to Fats in a grueling, 36-hour match, Eddie hits the skids. Only the intervention of a ruthless gambler (George C. Scott, Taps) who stakes his claim to Eddie’s soul can teach this hustler the cruel art of winning.

Directed by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men), The Hustler racked up nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and features one of the late Newman’s most powerful and memorable performances.

Packaged as a Blu-ray Book that features a 24-page booklet filled with pictures and factoids, the disc has a slew of bonus materials, including the following:

  • commentary by Paul Newman, Carol Rossen (Robert Rossen’s daughter), Dede Allen (editor), Stefan Gierasch (actor), Ulu Grosbard (assistant director), Richard Schickel (critic) and Jeff Young (film historian)
  • featurettes:
    • Paul Newman at Fox
    • Jackie Gleason: The Big Man
    • The Real Hustler: Walter Travis
    • Life in the Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson and The Search for Greatness
    • Milestones in Cinema History: The Making of The Hustler
    • Swimming with Sharks: The Art of the Hustle
    • The Hustler: The Inside Story
  • Paul Newman: Hollywood’s Cool Hand documentary
  • Trick Shot Analysis of Five Scenes
  • How to Make the Shot featuring five scenes
  • theatrical 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.