New Release: Blackthorn DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Dec. 20, 2011
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Magnolia

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Sam Shepard is Blackthorn.

Sam Shepard (Days of Heaven) is the legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy—or is he?—in the 2011 western film Blackthorn.

It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908.  But in the movie Blackthorn, Cassidy has survived the ambush and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the U.S. and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. However, when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega, The Devil’s Backbone) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.

Directed by Mateo Gil, co-starring Stephen Rea (Nothing Personal) and shot on location in Bolivia, the R-rated Blackthorn received a limited release to U.S. theaters in October to mostly positive reviews from the critics.


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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.