Set for a release date of August 16, six Twilight Time Blu-ray titles are posting for preorder today (at 4 PM EDT/1PM PDT). They include the Sam Peckinpah-scripted frontier cavalry Western The Glory Guys, the dark and defiant topical thrillers Hardcore (with George C. Scott) and La Moglie Più Bella/The Most Dangerous Wife (starring film-debuting Ornella Muti), the Vincent Price horror spectacle Theatre of Blood, a scintillating Frank Sinatra detective double feature disc of Tony Rome and Lady in Cement, and an encore issue of Peckinpah’s volcanic Bring Me the Head of Alfred Garcia. It’s a hard-charging movie mix, each outfitted with Expert Audio Commentaries and/or dandy Special Features to juice up your home theaters with gripping cinematic mayhem.
The individual titles above are populated by great character actors in gemlike supporting turns – Peter Boyle, Coral Browne, James Caan, Tano Cimarosa, Richard Conte, Dan Blocker, Michael Hordern, Lainie Kazan, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley, Gig Young and dozens more. In salute to another indelible presence and pleasure-generating performer on what would have been his 100th birthday, let’s dedicate today’s Preorder Kickoff to the great Keenan Wynn (1916-1986), himself the son of another entertainment great (Ed Wynn). Long an MGM contract player who could play comic foils, sardonic badmen, hardened cowpokes and even helped us brush up our Shakespeare musically, he survived long after the studio system to act in TV shows and movies aplenty right up until his death. TT claims him as one of its own for his brief but memorable turn as “Big Harry” Bishop, a shady organization head who becomes one of hitman Charles Bronson’s early targets in The Mechanic (1972) – triggering the subsequent apprentice/master partnership with his son (Jan-Michael Vincent) that generates more tricks to this dark trade for which the experienced Bronson may not be prepared. To his brief screen time, Wynn brings a true team player’s mixture of flint and sweat indispensible to so many movies. Find out how a pro can make a meal of a death scene when you draw a bead on TT’s hi-def Blu-ray of The Mechanic here: http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/27150/THE-MECHANIC-1972/.