Temperature Rising: May-June Lineup
The 11 films (on 10 discs) kicking off Summer 2017 on the Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray label crank up the action heat with hard-hitting criminal conspiracies (two involving TT favorite Charles Bronson) and expertly told war sagas. Yet there’s also room for quieter, lesser-known personal stories from veteran directors as well, along with another splendid 3D title that promises to be a scorcher and a rarely seen 52-year-old thriller featuring an icon of Japanese cinema, the leading man of The Bullet Train and The Yakuza, Ken Takakura. All arrive in the forceful beauty of 1080p with (where available) isolated music tracks too.
Coming May 16 are: Brutal Tales of Chivalry aka Shôwa zankyô-den (1965, Region A only), starring Ken Takakura, Ryô Ikebe and Yoshiko Mita, directed by Kiyoshi Saeki, score by Shunsuke Kikuchi, in Japanese with English subtitles; Inferno 3D/2D (1953), starring Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming and William Lundigan, directed by Roy (Ward) Baker, score by Paul Sawtell; The Man in the Moon (1991), starring Sam Waterston, Tess Harper and Reese Witherspoon, directed by Robert Mulligan, score by James Newton Howard; The Stone Killer (1973), starring Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam and Ralph Waite, directed by Michael Winner, score by Roy Budd; and Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978), starring Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld and Michael Moriarty, directed by Karel Reisz, score by Laurence Rosenthal.
Coming June 13 are: The Bridge at Remagen (1969), starring George Segal, Robert Vaughn and Ben Gazzara, directed by John Guillermin, score by Elmer Bernstein; Hell and High Water (1954), starring Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi and Cameron Mitchell, directed by Samuel Fuller, score by Alfred Newman; The Quiet American (1958), starring Audie Murphy, Michael Redgrave and Claude Dauphin, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, score by Mario Nascimbene; The Valachi Papers (1972), starring Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura and Jill Ireland, directed by Terence Young, score by Riz Ortolani and Armando Trovajoli; and a Double Feature Disc consisting of Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow aka Se ying diu sau (1978) and Drunken Master aka Zui quan (1978), both starring Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen and Jang Lee Hwang, directed by Woo-Ping Yuen, score by Fu Liang Chou, in Cantonese with English subtitles. Details of each release will follow in the coming months.