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    August Preorders / Cassidy on Fire

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    New insight into a historic decision-making process that impacted a nation’s post-war survival. A fascinating glimpse of Tennessee Williams’ family history distilled into one of his more fascinating movie adaptations. Romance burgeoning in front of and behind the camera for one of Hollywood’s most talented and legendary couples. The King takes to the ring. A dark comedy head-trip with a goodfella at wit’s end. That’s the heat wave in store as Preorders open today at 4 PM EDT/1 PM PDT for the August 15 Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray arrivals of 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), The Emperor in August (2015, aka Nihon no ichiban hi ketteiban), Kid Galahad (1962), The Long, Hot Summer (1958) and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959). Have tall cool drinks at the ready when investigating these exciting and evocative midsummer offerings at www.screenarchives.com and www.twilighttimemovies.com.

    Given the awesome cult status of Ridley Scott’s 1982 original, the hotly anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049, coming this October, will have a lot to live up to. For example, will there be a steely and ferociously sexy renegade replicant foe for Ryan Gosling’s Officer K comparable to the earlier movie’s seductive snake charmer Zhora, who defiantly led Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard on a frenzied chase through Los Angeles’ Chinatown? She was indelibly incarnated by the tremendously talented Joanna Cassidy, who turns 72 today and whose still-crackling half-century career continues with her deliciously sly co-starring role on the current Bravo TV series Odd Mom Out. Cassidy’s next movie role after Blade Runner was also one for the ages. As Claire Stryder, an NPR radio journalist in an embattled Nicaraguan war zone, she is the hauntingly compelling linchpin of a romantic triangle involving a free-lance roving photographer (Nick Nolte) and a television reporter (Gene Hackman) in director Roger Spottiswoode’s riveting thriller Under Fire (1983). Amid shifting political loyalties, moral choices and adrenaline-charged efforts to uncover the truth of what’s really happening in a beleaguered country, Cassidy “gives us a generous, non-nonsense Hawksian woman” (Chris Peachment, TimeOut), “takes a role that could have been dismissed as ‘the girl’ and fills it out as a fascinating, textured adult” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times), and “brings such attractive intelligence to her role, [that] one’s first impulse is to accept without protest the film’s ambiguous climax” (Richard Schickel, Time). On Twilight Time’s splendid hi-def Blu-ray of Under Fire (1983), the captivating Cassidy appreciatively recalls her experience on the film in an on-camera interview, while the movie’s collaborators and creative influences, including Spottiswoode, assistant editor Paul Seydor, photojournalist Matthew Naythons, music mixer-producer Bruce Botnick and music editor Kenny Hall, join historians Nick Redman, Julie Kirgo and Jeff Bond in two lively Audio Commentaries that cover the production and the Oscar®-nominated work of composer Jerry Goldsmith. To savor the devastatingly powerful work of birthday honoree Cassidy and her fellow actors (which also included Ed Harris, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Richard Masur), investigate the marvelous TT disc of Under Fire here: http://screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/28100/UNDER-FIRE-1983/.