It’s all about heat, humidity and hazard payback this August at Twilight Time, where four film favorites marking their first hi-def disc appearances will provoke the sweat of expertly ratcheted suspense and the hair-raising thrill of top-notch actors delivering breathtaking performances of both awesome intensity and potently charismatic cool. You get a couple of terrific, lived-in and lovingly photographed New York stories – Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes reinventing the gangster genre in their own inimitable style for one, and the other has Robert Redford, George Segal and ace filmmaker Peter Yates ganging up for one of the most pleasurable and influential screen heist capers of all time. From a time when the Vietnam Conflict raged in real life and period war stories drew stinging parallels in reel life, a little-seen yet critically admired production about young fighting men, deployed to an exotic East Asian hotspot while on the alternately humorous and horrifying brink of sexual and combat initiation, offers vibrant glimpses of Lynn Redgrave, Hywel Bennett and a clutch of spot-on British talents. Finally, there’s the singular Brandon Lee in a custom-fitted action vehicle that showcases his special gifts for precision martial arts fighting and wisecracking humor. The temperature rises sharply as Preorders open today at 4 PM EDT/1 PM PDT for the August 21 TT Blu-ray releases of Gloria (2008), The Hot Rock (1972), Rapid Fire (1992) and The Virgin Soldiers (1969) at www.screenarchives.com and www.twilighttimemovies.com.
Integral to the heat generated by these four titles are the contributions of its formidable composers, whose effective work – all showcased by Isolated Music Tracks on their respective discs – can be sampled in the following links as an underscore to Preorder consideration. Warm up to purchase by listening to:
Bill Conti’s soulful Gloria Main Title Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn-BEbM4kqE
Quincy Jones’s jazzy The Hot Rock Main Title Theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDHdi40bNlA
A Rapid Fire Soundtrack Suite by Christopher Young (who shares an analytical composing process Audio Commentary Track on the Blu-ray with TT’s Nick Redman): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffkFAfGIWs8
A rousing and melancholic Virgin Soldiers March composed by the Godfather of Britpop, The Kinks co-founder Ray Davies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx_cU7R87tU