Olive Films Preps 'Macbeth' & 'Hannie Caulder' for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 08:00 AM PDT by
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Two new Olive Signature Blu-rays have been detailed for November.  

In an early announcement to retailers, Olive Films is preparing 'Macbeth' and 'Hannie Caulder' for Blu-ray on November 15 under its Olive Signature Series.

'Macbeth' - Something wicked this way comes in Orson Welles’ cinematic retelling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Welles stars as the titular Macbeth—a doomed Scottish lord tragically undone by his own ambition. Welles’ noir-tinged interpretation bubbles over with supernatural prophecy and murderous intrigue, effectively mixing the use of shadow and oblique camera angles to achieve an ominous sense of a land in peril. Beautifully shot by John L. Russell (Psycho) and starring Orson Welles (who also adapted, produced and directed), Jeanette Nolan (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), Dan O’Herlihy (Robinson Crusoe), Roddy McDowall (How Green Was My Valley) and Alan Napier (TV’s Batman), Macbeth is an altogether unique interpretation of Shakespeare's Scottish play. This special Olive Signature edition includes both the original 1948 107-minute cut, replete with affected highland accents, and the 1950 pared-down 85-minute re-release that removed most of the accented dialogue.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD MA mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: Audio Commentary with Welles biographer Joseph McBride; "Welles and Shakespeare" - an interview with Welles expert, Professor Michael Anderegg; "Adapting Shakespeare on Film" - a conversation with directors Carlo Carlei (Romeo & Juliet) and Billy Morrissette (Scotland, PA); Excerpt from We Work Again, a 1937 WPA documentary containing scenes from Welles' Federal Theatre Project production of Macbeth; "That Was Orson Welles" - an interview with Welles' close friend and co-author, Peter Bogdanovich; "Restoring Macbeth" - an interview with former UCLA Film & Television Archive Preservation Officer Bob Gitt; "Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures"; and "The Two Macbeths" - an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.95.


'Hannie Caulder' - Revenge is a loaded gun in director Burt Kennedy’s (The Train Robbers) Hannie Caulder. Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C., 100 Rifles, and Myra Breckinridge) smolders as Hannie, a widow sworn to avenge her own brutal rape and husband’s murder at the hands of Emmett (Ernest Borgnine, The Wild Bunch), Frank (Jack Elam, Support Your Local Sheriff), and Rufus (Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke), three of the most despicable scoundrels to have ever roamed the prairie. Eager for revenge, but lacking the gunfighter’s know-how, Hannie soon discovers new confidence and skill when bounty hunter Thomas Luther Price (Robert Culp, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) teaches her the way of the gun. In no time, Hannie is strapping on her six shooter and setting out to put a few notches on its handle. Co-starring the legendary Christopher Lee (Horror of Dracula), playing against type as a sympathetic gunsmith who befriends her, Hannie Caulder hits its target from ten paces.

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD MA mono soundtrack, and supplements will include: Audio commentary by Western expert and director Alex Cox (Walker, Repo Man); "Exploitation or Redemption?" - an examination of rape-revenge movies with film scholar Ben Sher; "A Very British Horror Studio" - interview with Sir Christopher Frayling on the history of Tigon Studios; and an Essay by film critic Miriam Bale.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.95.


You can find the latest specs for 'Macbeth' & 'Hannie Caulder' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they are indexed under November 15.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Macbeth (1948) (Blu-ray)
Hannie Caulder (Olive Signature) (Blu-ray)
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