No doubt about it: Twilight Time’s three-title November slate is historic, naturally in their period settings but preternaturally in the stature of the talents involved. It marks a welcome-back to towering cinematic figures like William Shakespeare, Charlton Heston and Stanley Kramer and a first-time-on-TT shoutout to maverick moviemaker Nicholas Ray. The convergence of Heston and the Bard constituted the actor’s fierce quarter-century commitment to filming a tale of romantically involved historical figures in which he made his Broadway stage debut as a fledgling actor before Hollywood came calling. Kramer’s rip-roaring Sooner State yarn of a little guy (or gal, in this instance) taking on mercenary oil-business interests was a defiantly refreshing swing back into pure entertainment filmmaking. Ray brought a revitalizing and unmistakably youth-oriented perspective to a studio-dictated remake of a legendary outlaw’s exploits as a rebel, a brother and a lover. Clashes of empires, cultures and personal codes of honor await the adventurous home videophile in beautifully rendered 1080p high-definition, scored by the likes of Henry Mancini, John Scott and other seasoned maestros following in the hallowed tradition of powerful orchestral soundtracks.
Pulling into their hi-def Blu-ray destinations November 20 are: Antony and Cleopatra (1972), starring Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter and John Castle, directed by Charlton Heston, score by John Scott; Oklahoma Crude (1972), starring George C. Scott, Faye Dunaway, John Mills and Jack Palance, directed by Stanley Kramer, score by Henry Mancini; and The True Story of Jesse James (1957), starring Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange and Agnes Moorehead, directed by Nicholas Ray, score by Leigh Harline. Details of each disc will follow in October.