One of the all-time great westerns – Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West – is coming to Blu-ray on May 31, 2001. Starring Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards and Charles Bronson, Leone’s epic ranks among the best films of the genre. The Paramount Blu-ray release includes both the theatrical release and a completely restored version of the film, plus an audio commentary and several other features. Details follow the jump.
DIRECTOR SERGIO LEONE’S MONUMENTAL EPIC DEBUTS ON BLU-RAY™
Arriving May 31, 2011, Blu-ray Includes Both a Fully Restored Version and the Original Theatrical Version Along with Over an Hour of Illuminating Special Features
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – A motion picture as big as its Monument Valley locations, director Sergio Leone’s glorious and acclaimed Western ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST makes its Blu-ray debut on May 31, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Henry Fonda plays the blackest character of his long career, and he’s utterly convincing as Frank, the ruthless and murderous psychopath who suffers no conscience pangs after annihilating an entire family at the bidding of a powerful railroad tycoon. Jason Robards is the half-breed falsely accused of the terrible slaughter who embarks on a journey with the young widow left behind to seek the real killer. Charles Bronson plays a mysterious man with a harmonica and a brutal past who joins forces with them on their quest. Populated by rich and fascinating characters and driven by an intricately woven plot, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST is a classic that deserves to be savored and appreciated in high definition.
The ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Blu-ray includes both the fully restored version of the film and the original theatrical version, as well as commentary featuring film historians, directors and members of the cast and crew, multiple in-depth featurettes exploring various aspects of the film and the filmmaking process, a production gallery and more.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Blu-ray
The ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Restored Mono Dolby Digital, French Mono Dolby Digital and Spanish Mono Dolby Digital with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Disc contents are as follows:
· Feature Film: Restored Version
· Feature Film: Theatrical Version
· Commentary with contributions by directors John Carpenter, John Milius and Alex Cox, film historians Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr. Sheldon Hall, cast and crew
· An Opera of Violence
· The Wages of Sin
· Something to do with Death
· Railroad: Revolutionizing the West
· Locations Then & Now
· Production Gallery
· Theatrical Trailer