Friday, September 9, 2016

Olive Signature Announcement - November 2016

Olive Films proudly presents the following Olive Signature titles:

MACBETH – OLIVE SIGNATURE

ORSON WELLES
(Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Chimes at Midnight)
JEANETTE NOLAN
(The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Horse Whisperer, The Rescuers)
DAN O’HERLIHY
(Fail-Safe, The Highwayman, RoboCop)
RODDY McDOWALL
(How Green Was My Valley, Lassie Come Home, Planet of the Apes)
EDGAR BARRIER
(The Pride of the Yankees, Cyrano de Bergerac, Phantom of the Opera)
ALAN NAPIER
(Marnie, Journey to the Center of the Earth, TV’s Batman)

Directed by
ORSON WELLES
(Citizen Kane, Chimes at Midnight, The Trial)

With Macbeth, the prolific Orson Welles (Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay, Citizen Kane, 1942) would use a potent mix of highly stylized visuals and theatrical performances to create an altogether unique vision for his interpretation of the Shakespeare tragedy.

YEAR: 1948, 1950
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 107 mins (1948), 85 mins (1950)
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
New High-Definition digital restoration
Includes 1948 and 1950 versions
Audio Commentary with Welles biographer Joseph McBride
"Welles and Shakespeare" - an interview with Welles expert, Professor Michael Anderegg
"Adapting Shakespeare on Film" - a conversation with directors Carlo Carlei (Romeo & Juliet) and Billy Morrissette (Scotland, PA)
Excerpt from We Work Again, a 1937 WPA documentary containing scenes from Welles' Federal Theatre Project production of Macbeth
"That Was Orson Welles" - an interview with Welles' close friend and co-author, Peter Bogdanovich
"Restoring Macbeth" - an interview with former UCLA Film & Television Archive Preservation Officer Bob Gitt
"Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures"
“The Two Macbeths” - an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

Something wicked this way comes in Orson Welles’ cinematic retelling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Welles stars as the titular Macbeth—a doomed Scottish lord tragically undone by his own ambition. Welles’ noir-tinged interpretation bubbles over with supernatural prophecy and murderous intrigue, effectively mixing the use of shadow and oblique camera angles to achieve an ominous sense of a land in peril. Beautifully shot by John L. Russell (Psycho) and starring Orson Welles (who also adapted, produced and directed), Jeanette Nolan (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), Dan O’Herlihy (Robinson Crusoe), Roddy McDowall (How Green Was My Valley) and Alan Napier (TV’s Batman), Macbeth is an altogether unique interpretation of Shakespeare's Scottish play. This special Olive Signature edition includes both the original 1948 107-minute cut, replete with affected highland accents, and the 1950 pared-down 85-minute re-release that removed most of the accented dialogue.

Available on DVD/BLU-RAY

HANNIE CAULDER – OLIVE SIGNATURE

RAQUEL WELCH
(100 Rifles, One Million Years B.C., The Three Musketeers)
ROBERT CULP
(Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, PT 109, TV’s I Spy)
ERNEST BORGNINE
(The Wild Bunch, Johnny Guitar, The Dirty Dozen, Marty)
STROTHER MARTIN
(The Wild Bunch, Cool Hand Luke, Slap Shot)
JACK ELAM
(Once Upon a Time in the West, Rio Lobo, The Night of the Grizzly)
CHRISTOPHER LEE
(Horror of Dracula, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Serial)
DIANA DORS
(Hammerhead, Blonde Sinner, There’s a Girl in My Soup)

Directed by
BURT KENNEDY
(The Train Robbers, The War Wagon, Support Your Local Sheriff)

In the fine tradition of female gunslingers on film (Joan Crawford, Johnny Guitar; Jane Fonda, Cat Ballou; and Ellen Barkin, Wild Bill), Raquel Welch (Golden Globe winner for Best Actress, The Three Musketeers) wears her holster like a pro in the western revenge drama Hannie Caulder.  

YEAR: 1971
GENRE: WESTERN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME:  85 mins
RATING: R
VIDEO:  2:35:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
- New High-Definition digital restoration

Audio commentary by Western expert and director Alex Cox (Walker, Repo Man)
"Exploitation or Redemption?" - an examination of rape-revenge movies with film scholar Ben Sher

"A Very British Horror Studio" - interview with Sir Christopher Frayling on the history of Tigon Studios
Essay by film critic Miriam Bale

Revenge is a loaded gun in director Burt Kennedy’s (The Train Robbers) Hannie Caulder. Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C., 100 Rifles, and Myra Breckinridge) smolders as Hannie, a widow sworn to avenge her own brutal rape and husband’s murder at the hands of Emmett (Ernest Borgnine, The Wild Bunch), Frank (Jack Elam, Support Your Local Sheriff), and Rufus (Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke), three of the most despicable scoundrels to have ever roamed the prairie. Eager for revenge, but lacking the gunfighter’s know-how, Hannie soon discovers new confidence and skill when bounty hunter Thomas Luther Price (Robert Culp, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) teaches her the way of the gun. In no time, Hannie is strapping on her six shooter and setting out to put a few notches on its handle. Co-starring the legendary Christopher Lee (Horror of Dracula), playing against type as a sympathetic gunsmith who befriends her, Hannie Caulder hits its target from ten paces.

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