Blu-ray Release: Cat Ballou

Blu-ray Release Date: May 10, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

The well-liked 1965 Western Cat Ballou is a delightful comic piece starring Jane Fonda (Barbarella) and Lee Marvin (Emperor of the North).

Fonda stars as the titular big-hearted beauty, who hires a notorious gunman to avenge her father’s death. Kid Shelleen (Oscar-winner Marvin, who also appears as his own evil brother) turns out to be a has-been drunk…until he pulls himself together in an effort to assist the embattled Cat.

Jane Fonda gets into trouble up to her neck as Cat Ballou.

Jane Fonda gets into trouble up to her neck as Cat Ballou.

Directed by Elliot Silverstein from a screenplay by Walter Newman and Frank Pierson, the movie also stars Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman (TV’s Dobie Gillis), and Tom Nardini. Also on board are Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye as a pair of troubadours who narrate the tale via songs by Mack David and Jerry Livingston.

Features on Twilight Time’s Blu-ray edition include the following:
-Isolated Score Track
-Audio Commentary with Actors Michael Callan and Dwayne Hickman
-Audio Commentary with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo
-Lee and Pamela: A Romance
-The Legend of Cat Ballou
-Original Theatrical Trailer

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be sure to head over to the Twilight Time site or that of distributor Screen Archives NOW so you can put in your prebook order!

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.