Blu-ray, DVD Release: Pursued

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept.. 4, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

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Robert Mitchum stars in Pursued, Hollywood's first "Western Noir."

Directed by the legendary Raoul Walsh (White Heat) and written by Niven Busch (Duel in the Sun), 1947’s the drama-thriller film Pursued is considered to be Hollywood’s first “Western Noir.”

Robert Mitchum (Night of the Hunter) stars as Jeb, a man emotionally scarred by his tragic past and inner demons. Judith Anderson (Rebecca) plays Mrs. Callum, a widow who rescues Jeb when he was a child and raises him as her own with her two biological children. Making Jeb’s life even more complicated is the fact that he and his adopted sister, Thorley (Teresa Wright, Shadow of a Doubt) fall in love with each other, while his adopted brother, Adam (John Rodney) has come to hate him. A sticky and potentially dangerous situation..

Co-starring Dean Jagger, Alan Hale and Harry Carey, the movie features gorgeous black-and-white cinematography by the great James Wong Howe (Sweet Smell of Success) and a lush score by the equally great Max Steiner (Casablanca).

Olive’s DVD edition features an introduction and appreciation by Martin Scorsese (Hugo), recorded in 1995 for broadcast on TCM (Turner Classic Movies).


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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.