Blu-ray, DVD Release: Hell Bent

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 25, 2020
Price: DVD $13.29, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

Featuring a new 4K restoration from Universal Pictures, 1918’s Hell Bent is a rousing silent Western from the series of Cheyenne Harry adventures that director John Ford (still credited as Jack Ford early in his career) made with star Harry Carey (Pursued).

Cheyenne Harry was an outlaw with a heart of gold, played with stoic warmth by Carey, whose performances were a pivotal influence on John Wayne. In Hell Bent Harry flees the law after a poker game shootout, and arrives in the town of Rawhide, where he becomes friendly with local cowboy Cimmaron Bill (Duke Lee) and the kindly dance hall girl Bess Thurston (Neva Gerber), who is tending to her sick mother. Gang leader Beau Ross (Joseph Harris) falls hard for Bess, and kidnaps her. Oy…

Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD include the following:

-Archival audio interview. with John Ford by Joseph McBride
-Audio commentary by Joseph McBride, author of Searching for John Ford
-Music by Zachary Marsh
-Video essay by film critic Tag Gallagher

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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.