The Mighty Month of May

The Mighty Month of May

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 21st 2019

Rebels with and without causes, badlands outlaws and enforcers at odds, and wartime collaborators and conspirators sailing toward a flashpoint: the four Twilight Time Blu-ray titles for May burn white-hot with serious starpower and firepower. Two Western favorites spin fascinating and complex variations on classic yarns about fugitive bandits caught in a vise between the law and rival desperados, and the plight of a frontier town ensnared in the morally muddled zone between duly established law and brutal enforcement. A broodingly atmospheric World War II thriller set on the high seas sets up a clash of wills and the peril of mutinous sabotage among pro- and anti-Nazi forces. From the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies comes the raw and deeply human study of a small-town Texas hellraiser struggling to overcome his self-destructive streak and get his family life back on track. The bench of acting talent on view is rich: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Trevor Howard, George Kennedy, Dorothy Malone, Dean Martin, Steve McQueen, Don Murray, Anthony Quinn, Lee Remick, Raquel Welch, Richard Widmark. Their music scores also draw from the best: Elmer Bernstein, Leigh Harline and two from the extraordinary Jerry Goldsmith. In the director’s chairs are two old friends of TT – Edward Dmytryk (Broken Lance and the sold-out The Young Lions) and Robert Mulligan (The Man in the Moon and the sold-out The Other) – and welcome newcomers to the label, veteran Western filmmaker Andrew V. McLaglen and the Austrian-born The Longest Day co-director Bernhard Wicki. All converge on a release roster that offers the pulse-pounding pleasures of high-impact entertainment in splendid 1080p high-definition.

Arriving on hi-def Blu-ray May 21 are: Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965), starring Steve McQueen, Lee Remick and Don Murray, directed by Robert Mulligan, score by Elmer Bernstein; Bandolero! (1968), starring James Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch and George Kennedy, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, score by Jerry Goldsmith; Morituri (1965, aka The Saboteur: Code Name Morituri), starring Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard and Janet Margolin, directed by Bernhard Wicki, score by Jerry Goldsmith; and a 4K restoration of Warlock (1959), starring Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn and Dorothy Malone, directed by Edward Dmytryk, score by Leigh Harline. Details of each disc will follow in April.