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    September Preorders / The Coburn Touch

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    The Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray lineup for a September 13 arrival bristles with rascally fun topicality, heart-racing crime and espionage and above all, an assemblage of marvelous actors (including two contrasting showcases for Charles Bronson, Dolly Parton’s movie debut and wonderfully offbeat roles for Joel Grey, Al Pacino and Donald Sutherland), skilled veteran directors and memorable soundtrack scores to ease movie lovers into early Autumn with riveting fare. Preorders go live today at 4 PM EDT/1 PM EDT for Bobby Deerfield, Eye of the Needle, From Noon Till Three, Murphy’s Law, 9 to 5 and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins…. Pour yourself a cup of ambition and zoom in for this sizzling sextet.

    A beloved actor whose long resumé encompasses the range of comedy, a certain savoir faire, intriguing espionage and romance on the run glimpsed in the six titles offered above, James Coburn (1928-2002) would have turned 88 today. His three TT Blu-ray library selections deliver him in roguish action mode, whether saving the world from dire threat from a power-hungry female cult or just riding confidently tall in the saddle: the light-hearted spy sequel In like Flint (1967, accessible here: http://screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/23710/IN-LIKE-FLINT-1967/) and two brawny Westerns from, respectively, Sam Peckinpah and Richard Brooks, Major Dundee (1965, offered here: http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/24455/MAJOR-DUNDEE-1965/) and Bite the Bullet (1975, available here: http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/17351/BITE-THE-BULLET-1975/). An Academy Award® winner for his scalding late-career performance in Affliction (1997), Coburn reliably got the job done nervily, sometimes charmingly, sometimes menacingly, but always professionally and indelibly across 40+ fabulous years on television and movie screens, and today’s Preorder launch is dedicated to him.