Johnny Guitar Blu-ray
Signature Edition / 4K restoration
Olive Films | 1954 | 110 min | Not rated | Sep 20, 2016
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Single disc (1 BD)
Johnny Guitar (Olive Signature Edition)(1954) Blu-ray
Vienna has built a saloon outside of town, and she hopes to build her own town once the railroad is put through, but the townsfolk want her gone.
Director: Nicholas Ray
Writer: Philip Yordan
Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Scott Brady, Mercedes McCambridge, Ward Bond, Ernest Borgnine
Johnny Guitar stars Oscar winner Joan Crawford (Best Actress, Mildred Pierce) as Vienna, a saloon owner with a sordid past. Persecuted by the townspeople, Vienna must protect her life and property when a lynch mob led by her sexually repressed rival, Emma Small (Oscar winner Mercedes McCambridge, Best Actress, All the King's Men), attempts to frame her for a string of robberies she did not commit. Enter Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), a guitar-strumming ex-gunfighter, who once was —and perhaps still is—in love with Vienna. With the leads at their operatic best, the table is now set for an epic showdown in this one-of-a-kind western from director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause).
A bizarrely veiled allegory for the McCarthy-era Red Scare, Johnny Guitar was misunderstood upon its initial release. One of the most original takes on the western genre — the women are far tougher than the men —Johnny Guitar is praised by fans, filmmakers, and critics alike as groundbreaking.
Special Features and Specs:
- NEW 4K restoration
- Optional English SDH subtitles
- Video Introduction by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese
- Audio commentary with historian and critic Geoff Andrew
- "Tell Us She Was One of You: The Blacklist History of Johnny Guitar" - with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
- "Is Johnny Guitar a Feminist Western?: Questioning the Canon" - with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney andB. Ruby Rich
- "Free Republic: The Story of Herb Yates and Republic studios" - with archivist Marc Wanamaker
- A critical appreciation of Nicholas Ray with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
- "My Friend, the American Friend" - Nicholas Ray biographical piece with Tom Farrell
- "Johnny Guitar: The First Existential Western" - an original essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
- Theatrical trailer
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 20.