Over the last couple of years Olive Films have delivered a wide variety of films to home video, a number of which made their Blu-ray debut thanks to Olive. Their June releases, hitting shelves on June 21st, continue this approach. Four titles in particular stood out to me, each one coming to Blu-ray for the first time. Of the four the one I’m really itching to see is the 1986 remake of Stagecoach, which I somehow didn’t know existed. Just earlier this week I had a conversation with someone about how I wished The Highwaymen had made a movie together. Turns out they did, I just didn’t know it.
Check out the rest of the releases below!
Appointment with Crime
Dir. John Harlow
Leo Martin (William Hartnell, TV’s Doctor Who), a “smash & grab” thief working for crime boss Gus Loman (Raymond Lovell, 49th Parallel), is caught by the police during a robbery gone wrong that leaves his wrists broken. Abandoned by Loman at the scene of the crime, Martin vows revenge against the boss who left him to shoulder the blame in the stylish British noir Appointment with Crime. Directed and written by John Harlow (Dangerous Cargo), Appointment with Crime co-stars Herbert Lom (A Shot in the Dark) as the reptilian crime lord Gregory Lang and Joyce Howard (Shadow of the Past) as Carol Dane, a woman drawn to the dangerous Leo Martin.
Cornbread, Earl and Me
Dir. Joseph Manduke
Set against the gritty urban sprawl of Chicago, director Joseph Manduke’s (Vengeance) coming-of-age drama Cornbread, Earl and Me stars Laurence Fishburne (Fled), Tierre Turner (The Crow) and Jamaal Wilkes in a story of adolescent friends who are forced to face adulthood when tragedy strikes. Cornbread, Earl and Me features supporting performances from an ensemble that includes Moses Gunn (Ragtime), Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man), Madge Sinclair (Coming to America) and Antonio Fargas (Foxy Brown) in a film written for the screen by Leonard Lamensdorf based on the Ronald L. Fair novel Hog Butcher.
The Return of a Man Called Horse
Dir. Irvin Kershner
Richard Harris reprises his role as John Morgan, known as Horse, in the Irvin Kershner (Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back) directed sequel to A Man Called Horse. Morgan returns to help the Yellow Hands Sioux tribe when they are forced off their sacred ground by government backed trappers. John must devise a plan to regain a stronghold in order to return power to the disconsolate Yellow Hand by taking action against those who have enslaved and murdered members of the tribe. Joining Harris on screen are Gale Sondergaard (Anthony Adverse), Geoffrey Lewis (Bronco Billy) and William Lucking (Erin Brockovich). The Return of a Man Called Horse, photographed by five-time Academy Award nominee for Best Cinematographer Owen Roizman (The French Connection, The Exorcist) features a score by two-time Academy Award nominee Laurence Rosenthal (Becket, Man of La Mancha).
Dir. Ted Post
Paying homage to the 1939 classic and the 1966 version of the tale, Stagecoach tells the story of a group of passengers, a cross-cultural mix that includes Doc Holliday (Willie Nelson, The Electric Horseman), the Ringo Kid (Kris Kristofferson, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with The Sea), Marshal Curly Wilcox (Johnny Cash, Five Minutes to Live) and Hatfield (Waylon Jennings, Nashville Rebel) aboard the outward bound Overland Express stagecoach.
The cast also includes John Schneider (TV’s The Dukes of Hazzard), Elizabeth Ashley (The Carpetbaggers), Anthony Franciosa (The Long Hot Summer), Anthony Newley (Doctor Dolittle), Merritt Butrick (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Mary Crosby (The Legend of Zorro), June Carter Cash (The Apostle), Jessi Colter (TV’s Outlaw Trail) and David Allan Coe (Beer for My Horses).