Blu-ray Releases: The Driver and Hard Times

Blu-ray Release Date: June 11, 2013 (Hard Times); July 23, 2013 (The Driver)
Price: Blu-ray $29.95 each
Studio: Twilight Time

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Ryan O'Neal is the man behind the wheel in Walter Hill's The Driver.

Hard Times (1975) and The Driver (1978) are two of our favorite hard-hitting Seventies films by Walter Hill (The Long Riders).

The action-drama Hard Times, Hill’s first directorial effort, stars Charles Bronson (The Great Escape) as a drifter who travels to Louisiana during The Depression and and begins competing in illegal bare-knuckled boxing matches. After his first bout, he hooks up with one of the fight’s fast-talking organizers (James Coburn, Duck You Sucker) to set him up with more matches, with mixed and often painful results…

Hill’s second film, the action-filled crime drama The Driver, stars Ryan O’Neal (Barry Lyndon) as a professional guy-behind-the-wheel who steals cars to drive as getaway vehicles for big-time robberies in Los Angeles. Hot on the Driver’s trail is the Detective (Bruce Dern, Coming Home), a determined cop who’s willing to go to any length to bring him down. (Oh, all the characters in the film are referred to by their roles—The Driver, The Detective, and even a crafty woman known as The Player, portrayed by Ishtar’s Isabelle Adjani). The Detective becomes so obsessed that he sets up a bank job in order to entice, trap, and ultimately arrest, the Driver.

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to pre-order your Blu-ray discs directly from distributor Screen Archives NOW!

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About Laurence

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.