German distributors Koch Media have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray director Martin Ritt's The Long, Hot Summer (1958), starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Wells and Anthony Franciosa. The Blu-ray will be available for purchase in Germany on August 3.
12-page illustrated booklet
Original German and English trailers for the film
"The Long Hot Summer" - a documentary
Footage from the film's premiere
Stills gallery and web material
Featuring an all-star cast including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles and Lee Remick, this smoldering story from the Deep South is filled with sexual tension, bawdy humor and powerfully clashing personalities. When suspected barnburner Ben Quick (Newman) drifts into a town dominated by Will Varner (Welles), he is recruited to husband Varner's spinster daughter (Woodward) so that Varner can keep an eye on him. But the two men soon lock horns, and ultimately a chain of events leaves them all changed forever.
Directed by Martin Ritt, The Long, Hot Summer is based on three William Faulkner stories, and marks the first on-screen teaming of Newman and Woodward.
This is a fabulous movie. If hope the German release is region free; or at least we'll see a US release. It seems like the German distributors care more about our classic movies than their American counterparts.
Even better, the German BDs seem always to have a No Subtitles option, unlike the French ones. Since "Long, Hot Summer" recently had a French release, probably with forced subs, this is good news, indeed. The recent German "Man Shot Shot Liberty Valance" BD looks fabulous over at DVDBeaver. This LHS should also be a huge improvement over the DVD.
Bought the Italian BD of this from Amazon IT. Same transfer. One of my all time favorte Newman movies, grand pulp and scenery chewing but a delight all the way. Transfer looks excellent, sound very good.