Warner 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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.