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Shane (1953) & The Odd Couple (1968) Blu-rays

Posted March 25, 2013 06:13 PM by Webmaster

Warner 90th AnniversaryWarner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray releases of director George Stevens' Shane, starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin, and screenwriter/playwright Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Both classic catalog titles street on June 4th.

Shane: Acclaimed director George Stevens' legendary rendition of the quintessential Western myth earned six Academy Award nominations and made Shane one of the classics of the American cinema. The story brings Shane (Alan Ladd), a drifter and retired gunfighter, to the assistance of a homestead family terrorized by a wealthy cattleman and his hired gun. In fighting the last decisive battle, Shane sees the end of his own way of life. Mysterious, moody and atmospheric, the film is enhanced by the intense performances of its cast.

The Odd Couple: Neil Simon has a special genius for finding the great hilarity in ordinary people doing everyday things. Like two divorced men who decide to sh are a New York apartment. That's the premise of The Odd Couple, though there's nothing odd in the casting of two Oscar-winning talents like Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The two veteran funnymen work together with the precision timing of a vaudeville team, but always with bright spontaneity. Lemmon plays fussy Felix, fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Matthau is Oscar, who wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado.

Tech specs and special features have yet to be revealed for either release.


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News comments (46 comments)


compos24
 - Mar 25, 2013

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I'm so happy to see THE ODD COUPLE receiving it's HD due.

steve dubbleyoo
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Two great movies but seriously, are those really the best covers they could come up with?
Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing Jack Lemmon 'FFMUUURR-FFMM-FMMMUURR-ing across my screen in HD

RICKBONDOO7
 - Mar 25, 2013

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rollinwith26s
 - Mar 25, 2013

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I'm happy for Shane fans, but the only movie I could think of when I saw "1953" was Roman Holiday. Hahaha.

devilnamedBuena
 - Mar 25, 2013

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I wish Criterion were the only ones releasing the essentials. Their packages are 2nd to none.

hoytereden
 - Mar 25, 2013

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So glad to see Shane get a Blu upgrade. Hopefully, it's getting a restoration as well.

DanFan
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Finally, something from the Paramount-WB deal that I want! The Odd Couple!!
Now bring on The Bad News Bears and The Shootist please.

nitin
 - Mar 25, 2013

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have never seen Shane so will pick it up.

eChopper
 - Mar 25, 2013

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what ingrates: instead of being grateful for these 2 titles, piss and moan about wanting others

TJS_Blu
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Paramount spent large restoring Shane. Consider the following Rumour-mill until official specs are released, but this disc is supposed to have a 1:66 AR, when the original was 1:37. If this is true, it's hard to believe the studios can't get this right!!

jawsfan1975
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Shane finally! Classic western! Hoping for a great sound mix for some of the loudest gunshots in the movies.

Atreyu
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Thank you, Felix and Oscar finally on blu ray!!!!
The only thing that would be better would be if they also decided to release the television series on blu.

Bluyoda
 - Mar 25, 2013

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THANK YOU for finally releasing The Odd Couple, WB! It's been a long, long, long, long wait! Where is The Odd Couple II?

mjcavinder
 - Mar 25, 2013

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I also liked The Odd Couple II

DetroitSquirreL
 - Mar 25, 2013

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the Odd Couple, GREAT!!!

joie
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Mein Grosser Freund Shane? Looks like the database has a picture of a German edition. The picture on this news page is preferable. Is it a pre-order for a German or US release?

Edit: OK, it's fixed now. But there is no e-mail notification link for notification of Odd Couple's pre-order.

nathanp
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Been waiting for The Odd Couple for a long time.

Dr_Bedlo
 - Mar 25, 2013

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SHANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dmarvin
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Shane deserves a digibook. A lot of people still think it's the greatest western ever made.

startrekkin58
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Definitely buying the Odd Couple. I hope they release the underrated Odd Couple II to go along with it.

cpstevens
 - Mar 25, 2013

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Reading Shane for school right now. I'm excited for its Blu-ray release, and I'll be sure to pick it up.

Warrioricp1
 - Mar 26, 2013

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why do they keep puttin out the first movies of a double or triple or more movie series. Odd Couple coulda had II or even a double feature. Nearly the same way they did Grumpy Old Men

zino 93
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Two great movies, two TERRIBLE artcovers. Photoshop rules...

BluPix
 - Mar 26, 2013

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It's nice to see two of Paramount's most respected classics finally receiving their (long overdue) debuts on blu-ray via Warner. I'll preorder them ASAP. I hope many more such classics appear on quality blu-ray presentations as a result of the Paramount-Warner arrangement.

SkynetTX
 - Mar 26, 2013

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The Odd Couple is simply great! The second one is also a good movie, hope we can have it on blu-ray as well soon. But what happened to the studios? Are they starting to release good movies?

ShellOilJunior
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Put me down for both.

bdmon
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Will wait for screencaps for The Odd Couple. Love the movie but if the transfer is as 'teal'ed as the cover, I'll spend my dough elsewhere.

BobbyPeru
 - Mar 26, 2013

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These two movies deserve more than this crappy cover art. Whoever design these covers has no love of movies and has obviously never taken any type of Fine Art courses.

Sky_Captain85
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Shane - The only cowboy movie Bogart did.

Network23
 - Mar 26, 2013

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I think thats the one universal constant for movies fans, "Why can't they use the Original Poster Artwork" for these covers.

alphadec
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Odd couple is day one for me

MoulinBlu
 - Mar 26, 2013

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I think I'll hold out on The Odd Couple, on the chance WB will do with it what they did with Every Which Way... and only release the second film as part of a combo release.

jvonl
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Perhaps I'm missing a joke, but Bogart was not in Shane. Used to watch Shane with my Dad every time it was on tv. Have the dvd, can't wait for blu!

Pirate King
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Shane... finally. One of the best westerns ever made. The Odd Couple.. one of the best comedies ever made. Thanks Warner Brothers. I will be purchasing both films on Blu-ray.

Rory
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Yeah, I agree with an above comment.... terrible covers. What's wrong with the original poster art from these two? Do they have to pay extra to use it, or something? THE ODD COUPLE especially had nice poster art of the two main characters. Well, I guess I'll just have to warm up my printer in June to make my own cover -- AGAIN!

69JamesBond
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Companies should use some poster art or stills from that era. Give people a chance to vote if they want opinions. I have Goldfinger & Thunderball laser Discs and they used beautiful posters on the deluxe editions.

Wooden Lens
 - Mar 26, 2013

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I'm going to agree with the comments above.
Insanely excited for these two, but was their a mass memo sent through Warner/Paramounts art department imploring the use of 'insert characters with angelic glow around each one' cover art?

Warner usually isn't too bad with this either. I'm guessing it was mandated by Paramount; to which I say: get it together.

Bluray is still a collector's medium more than anything. And we see right through these junky covers.

corpseart
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Now that Paramount are farming out their titles to companies that actually want to release them, maybe we will see War of the Worlds and Paper Moon.

Philly Q
 - Mar 26, 2013

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Nice to see Shane at last. I've always regarded it as one of the absolute classic Westerns, saw it countless times when I was young, but it seems to be almost forgotten nowadays.

Come to think of it, there are LOADS of great Westerns unavailable on Blu-ray.

alphadec
 - Mar 26, 2013

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but...... wb have selected maybe the worst "photo montage" for these two movies why not try to use some original artwork, it won't hurt you.

zino 93
 - Mar 27, 2013

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I don't mean to insist but the the crappy cover arts are not just an american issue. In France, where i live we have the same problem. There are so many wonderful posters that editors never use when they release classical movies. Instead they prefer those tasteless, unimaginative, poor covers. Itīs a damn shame. I think we should boycott those... Things.
Too bad i'm not mastering computer tools, i would do the job myself ! Lol

Jimmy W
 - Mar 27, 2013

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Awesome news! I'm excited about both titles but moreso Shane, another great Western classic.

bluknight1
 - Mar 27, 2013

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This is just scratching the surface of the Paramount-Warner deal. Here's hoping these are flawless releases and that many more flawless catalog releases are around the corner. I'm praying that Shane is presented in the 1.37:1 Academy ratio as it was originally composed for by its DP and that the original audio mix is included in lossless. They had better not screw that up. If they do, no sale.

HDEyes
 - Mar 28, 2013

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I have a very good feeling Odd Couple is going to look amazing! I base this on the current HD stream on Netflix.. the colors pop! and looks beautiful all together. I agree what lousy cover art!!! I would like the actual poster art instead please Warner! and please add extras!

John00045
 - Mar 29, 2013

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I have been waiting for Shane to come out on BluRay for along time. I think its one of the greatest westerns made.

John00045
 - Mar 29, 2013

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I love the Odd Couple and cant wait to have the Blu ray edition in my collection BUT what happened to the Odd Couple II !!!!!!!!!!!!! I think # 2 is better than number 1. I think Lemmon and Matthau were like wine, the older they got the better they got.


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