Blu-ray, DVD Release: Shoot the Sun Down

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

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Christopher Walken and Margot Kidder star in Shoot the Sun Down, a 1978 counter-culture Western.

The same year that Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) won an Oscar for The Deer Hunter (1978) and Margot Kidder was whisked away in Superman (1978), they starred in of David Leeds’ counter-culture Western Shoot the Sun Down.

A stylized meditation on America’s history of violence, in the tradition of Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), the movie observes the intersection of a former Confederate soldier-turned-bounty hunter (Walken), a British maidservant desperate to escape indentured servitude (Kidder), and a vicious mercenary in search of Native American scalps and Montezuma’s gold (Geoffrey Lewis, Miss Nobody).

Kino’s restored director’s cut of Shoot the Sun Down, director/co-writer Leeds’ only feature, marks the film’s first-ever release on Blu-ray or DVD.

Bonus features on the discs include an alternate opening title sequence featuring an original song composed and performed by Kinky Friedman the film’s original 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.