German distributors Koch Media have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray director Mike Hodges' A Prayer for the Dying (1987), starring Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins and Alan Bates. Street date is August 24th.
Deutscher und englischer Trailer (German and English Trailers)
Bildergalerie mi seltenem Werbematerial (Stills and rare promo materials)
An IRA hitman (Mickey Rourke), sick of killing innocent people, escapes to England and contacts a big time criminal (Alan Bates), who says he will help him on the condition that he commits one more murder. He carries out the execution, but is seen by an ex-SAS priest (Bob Hoskins). Rourke falls in love with the priest's blind niece, which doesn't make things any easier when the IRA and the police begin to close in on him.
I love this movie. Mickey Rourke got so into the Irish countryside for research on the dialect the director made him pull it back because it was too authentically thick. Rifts with the director also resulted in his seeing three different shrinks. Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Liam Neeson. Watch this and then Barfly and get an excellent feel for Rourke's range. Hope the transfer does it justice.