Blu-ray Release: Tom Sawyer (1973) / Huckleberry Finn (1974)

Blu-ray Release Date: July 18, 2017
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Sibling songwriting duo Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (the men responsible for the immortal Mary Poppins) bring us a pair of musical Mark Twain adaptations: Tom Sawyer (1973), a light-hearted look at life along the Mississippi, and the more serious Huckleberry Finn (1974), which touches (more lightly here, of course, than in the original) on the subject of race in America.

Johnny Whitaker and Jodie Foster star in 1973’s Tom Sawyer.

Acting honors in Tom Sawyer go to vets Celeste Holm (All About Eve) and Warren Oates (Race with the Devil), and to little Johnny Whitaker and a very young Jodie Foster (Carnage); in Huckleberry Finn, adolescent Jeff East is paired with the great Paul Winfield (Twilight’s Last Gleaming).

The directors of the family-friendly Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are, respectively, Don Taylor and J. Lee Thompson.

Special features on the Blu-ray include the following:
-Isolated Music Tracks
-Tom Sawyer Audio Commentary with screenwriter/songwriter Richard M. Sherman and Music Producer/Historian Bruce Kimmel
-Tom Sawyer Audio Commentary with director Don Taylor and screenwriters/songwriters Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
-Tom Sawyer River Song Featurette
-Tom Sawyer Rehearsal with John Williams and the Sherman Brothers
-Original Theatrical Trailers

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.