Blu-ray, DVD Release: Twilight’s Last Gleaming

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 13, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films


Twilights Last Gleaming movie scene

Burt Lancaster (l.) and Paul Winfield hover over the button in the nuclear missile thriller Twilight's Last Gleaming.

A renegade USAF general takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War III in the 1977 thriller Twilight’s Last Gleaming, directed by the late great Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly).

Burt Lancaster (Sweet Smell of Success) stars as Lawrence Dell, a highly decorated US Air Force Colonel who escapes from a military prison and with the help of three other convicts (Paul Winfield, Burt Young and William Smith, who’s best remembered as Rich Man Poor Man‘s bad-ass Falconetti), takes over a nuclear base and hold America hostage. Dell demands that the President reveal details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the former President’s advisors, or else he’ll push the button and the missiles will launch…

Co-starring in the film, a favorite of military movie cultists, are Richard Widmark (Madigan), Joseph Cotten (Citizen Kane), Melvyn Douglas (Being There) and Charles Durning (Tootsie) as the President.

A US/West Germany co-production, the R-rated Twilight’s Last Gleaming is presented for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray as a restored director’s cut, re-mastered by the Bavaria Film Studios.

Aldrich Over Munich, a 2012 making-of documentary directed by Robert Fischer, is included as a bonus feature.

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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.