Blu-ray, DVD Release: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

Long Days Journey Into Night movie sceneBased on Eugene O’Neill’s classic autobiographical play, the 1962 film drama Long Day’s Journey Into Night was directed by the great Sidney Lumet (Network) and stars Katharine Hepburn (The African Queen), Ralph Richardson (The Four Feathers), Jason Robards (All the President’s Men) and Dean Stockwell (Blue Velvet).

Set in 1912 New England, the story takes place in the summer home of aging actor James Tyrone (Richardson), an alcoholic miser who has spent a lifetime treading on the spirit of his dope-addicted wife, Mary (Hepburn). Oldest son Jamie (Robards) is a troublemaking alcoholic, envious of the writing talent of his sickly younger brother Edmund (Stockwell) who contracted tuberculosis while traveling overseas. The long day’s journey concludes with a hellish night in which the three Tyrone men sit about drunkenly as Mary hallucinates about her younger and happier days.

The movie was well-received by the critics in its day, with Hepburn, Robards, Richardson and Stockwell picking up Best Actor nods at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival and the film receiving a nomination for the prestigious Palme D’Or Award.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night was released on DVD by Republic Pictures back in 2004, but has long been out of print. Olive’s release of the title represents the film’s return to DVD and its Blu-ray debut.


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