It's one of four new offerings due Feb. 1 from Shout! Factory, but I am singling it out because it was one of those famous can't-miss films that did. Consider the cast -- Gene Hackman, Burt Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, all major stars at the time -- with Stanley Donen directing. But it proved to be bloated and forced, held together mainly by the charm of the leads. I saw it in a theater in the '70s and am eager to see it again -- if only to look at where it went wrong. Now if we could just get "At Long Last Love" on an authorized DVD ...
The official word: On February 1, Shout! Factory brings to DVD four fast-paced combining action, adventure, suspense and a good dose of comedy. Make a toast to Liza Minnelli, Gene Hackman and Burt Reynolds as they star in Stanley Donen's prohibition comedy LUCKY LADY. Arm yourself for laughs as Charles Grodin marshals a group of amateurs (Candice Bergen, Trevor Howard and James Mason) to steal $12 billion in uncut diamonds from the most securely guarded fortress devised by man in 11 HARROWHOUSE. Saddle up for rip-roaring action comedy as Tom Berenger and William Katt star as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid in Richard Lester's BUTCH & SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS. And put on your snowshoes for some fast-paced action as Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Lee Marvin goes on a DEATH HUNT for Charles Bronson, a lone trapper accused of murder in the snow-capped mountains of the 1930s Yukon territory.
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LUCKY LADY (1975)
When three down-on-their-luck losers, Claire (Liza Minnelli), Kibby (Gene Hackman) and Walker (Burt Reynolds), come together in a Mexican border town to start a booze-running operation during Prohibition, egos, enemies and envy collide. But through some mysterious alchemy and a couple of gunfights, the three become immensely successful bootleggers and, even more surprising to them, a fully functioning ménage à trois. A throwback to the great screwball comedies of the 1930s which Time Magazine described as "luxurious, sassy and a lot of fun,” Lucky Lady was written by Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz (American Graffiti), directed by the great Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain), and also stars Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman, Robby Benson. Special features include Vintage Featurettes, Original Trailers and a TV Spot. SRP $19.93.
11 HARROWHOUSE (1974)
This is like no robbery you've ever imagined. With the help of a wealthy widow (Candice Bergen), an eccentric oil baron (Trevor Howard), an angry employee (James Mason), and guts, a cockroach, a thin cord and a vacuum cleaner, a talented burglar (Charles Grodin) attempts a daring robbery of the world's largest clearinghouse for gems. Based on the novel by Gerald A. Browne, directed by Aram Avakian, and adapted by Charles Grodin, 11 Harrowhouse delivers precise wit and comedy through its talented ensemble cast, resulting in a wild-ride spoof on suspense thrillers. The original theatrical trailer is included as a special feature. SRP $19.93.
DEATH HUNT (1981) / BUTCH & SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS (1979) (Double Feature)
Fifteen years after starring together in The Dirty Dozen, Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin teamed up again for Death Hunt, an exciting action film set in the Canadian Rockies that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Loner trapper Albert Johnson (Bronson) saves a dog from some ruthless men who set up dogfights for the local miners. After he beats up the group's ringleader, a posse comes after him and when he kills one of them in self-defense, RCMP Sgt. Edgar Millen (Marvin) reluctantly tracks him down -- but bringing Johnson in ends up being more than anyone bargained for. The film is a fictionalized account of the greatest manhunt in Canadian history, which was conducted during the early 1930s in the Canadian regions of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon in Northern Canada. Directed by Peter Hunt, the film also stars Andrew Stevens, Carl Weathers, Ed Lauter, and Angie Dickenson.
In Butch & Sundance: The Early Days, saddle up and ride with charming mastermind Butch Cassidy (Tom Berenger, Platoon) and his crack shot cohort The Sundance Kid (William Katt, The Greatest American Hero) in the days before they became famous, when fun was the name of the game. Dubbed “a handsome Western” by Roger Ebert, this Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night, The Three Musketeers, Superman II) film tells the backstory of the infamous robbers' early years: how they met, their first clumsy robberies, the showdowns and shootouts that bound them together, the secret that nearly tore them apart and the impossible train heist that made them notorious. Brian Dennehy, Jill Eikenberry, Peter Weller and Christopher Lloyd co-star in this hit action-comedy that received an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Death Hunt and Butch & Sundance: The Early Days feature a new Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1). SRP $14.93.
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