November 16th 2015 | Eureka Entertainment | Blu-Ray
George Stevens’ Shane is a masterpiece of great beauty told against the breathtaking backgrounds of the western plains. One of the landmark and most enduring Westerns of the 1950s, the film struck a chord with audiences at the time of its release, and continues to influence admirers today, even as it served as a template for the series of groundbreaking spaghetti-westerns of Sergio Leone.
Alan Ladd plays the titular gunslinger, the archetypal “man alone" who wanders into town and shortly afterward becomes embroiled in a conflict between a group of Wyoming homesteaders and the nefarious cattle baron who has designs to wrest away their land. As the conflict escalates, and a romance develops between Shane and homesteader Marian Starrett (Jean Arthur in her last screen role before an early retirement from motion pictures), a who’s-who of studio system character talent revolves through the production — Van Heflin, Jack Palance, Elisha Cook, Jr. — before the proverbial ride into the sunset...
Here's the trailer:
Shane will be released on Blu-ray on November 16th, from Eureka Entertainment as part of their Masters of Cinema Series. Special Features on the Blu-ray include:
- Gorgeous 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
- Full length audio-commentary by George Stevens, Jr. and Ivan Moffat
- Original theatrical trailer
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- 24-page booklet containing writing on the film, archival imagery, and more!
“Shane isn't just one of the best movies of its genre or decade -- it's one of the finest films ever made.”
– Film 4
“Wyoming's scenic splendors against which the story is filmed are breathtaking. Sunlight, the shadow of rain storms and the eerie lights of night play a realistic part in making the picture a visual treat.”