Blu-ray, DVD Release: High Noon & Johnny Guitar

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 20, 2016
Studio: Olive Films


Olive Films’ new Olive Signature collection, a series of DVD/Blu-ray titles, highlights cult favorites, time-honored classics, and under-appreciated gems, with each edition boasting pristine audio and video, newly designed cover art, and a slew of bonus materials.

The first two titles in the Olive Signature collection are Nicholas Ray’s (Bigger Than Life) legendary 1954 Western Johnny Guitar with Joan Crawford (The Best of Everything) and Sterling Hayden Sterling Hayden (1900), and the equally legendary 1952 classic High Noon, directed by Fred Zinnemann (A Man For All Seasons) and starring Gary Cooper (The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell) and Grace Kelly (To Catch a Thief).

highnoon1High Noon contains the following features:

  • Mastered from new 4K restoration
  • “A Ticking Clock” – Academy Award-nominee Mark Goldblatt on the editing of High Noon
  • “A Stanley Kramer Production” – Michael Schlesinger on the eminent producer of High Noon
  • “Imitation of Life: The Blacklist History of High Noon” – with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
  • “Ulcers and Oscars: The Production History of High Noon” – a visual essay with rarely seen archival elements, narrated by Anton Yelchin
  • “Uncitizened Kane” – an original essay by Sight & Sound editor Nick James
  • Theatrical trailer

johnny-guitar1Johnny Guitar includes the following:

  • Mastered from new 4K restoration
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Audio commentary with historian and critic Geoff Andrew
  • “Tell Us She Was One of You: The Blacklist History of Johnny Guitar” – with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
  • “Is Johnny Guitar a Feminist Western?: Questioning the Canon” – with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
  • “Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures” – with archivist Marc Wanamaker
  • A critical appreciation of Nicholas Ray with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
  • “My Friend, the American Friend” – Nicholas Ray biographical piece with Tom Farrell and Chris Sievernich
  • “Johnny Guitar: The First Existential Western” – an original essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

 

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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.