'Picnic (1955)' & 'The Roots of Heaven (1958)' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 01:00 PM PST by

Two more limited edition Blu-ray releases are coming from Twilight Time in mid-January.

In a recent press release, Twilight Time has set 'Picnic (1955)' and 'The Roots of Heaven (1958)' for Blu-ray on January 17.

'Picnic' is director Joshua Logan’s superb adaptation of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play focuses on a golden-boy-turned-drifter (William Holden) whose unexpected arrival in a small Kansas town ignites explosive passions in a discontented beauty queen (Kim Novak), a waspish schoolteacher (Rosalind Russell), an insecure bookworm (Susan Strasberg), and an ambitious mother (Betty Field). Featuring stunning ‘Scope cinematography by James Wong Howe and George Duning’s memorable romantic score (available on this release as an isolated track).

John Huston’s 'The Roots of Heaven' is an adventure-packed adaptation of Romain Gary’s Prix Goncourt-winning novel that takes a prescient look at an early eco-warrior (Trevor Howard) waging a battle to preserve the elephant herds of French Equatorial Africa. With the colonial government and bloodthirsty ivory hunters aligned against him, he joins forces with a motley band of rebels—including a jovial but perpetually hammered ex-military man (Errol Flynn) and a world-weary bar girl (Juliette Greco)—in a courageous effort to save the last wild things of this Earth.

The Blu-rays are each limited to 3000 copies and feature 1080p video, DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks (5.1 on 'Picnic' and 2.0 on 'The Roots of Heaven'), and supplements include isolated score tracks (both releases) and original theatrical trailer ('Picnic').

'Picnic' is available here from Screen Archives Entertainment for $34.95, while 'The Roots of Heaven' can be purchased here for $29.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Picnic (1965)' and 'Fright Night' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under January 17.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Picnic (1955) (Blu-ray)
The Roots of Heaven (1958) (Blu-ray)
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