Shane [Masters of Cinema]: release date change and full disc details
18 November 2015
Eureka Entertainment announced the K Blu-ray release of George Stevens’ Shane back in August, originally slated for a 16th November 2015. Since then the release date has been delayed by a couple of weeks and full details of the contents of the release disc have been confirmed. What follows is thus an updated version of our original news story.
One of the landmark and most enduring Westerns of the 1950s, George Stevens’ Shane 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...
Writing in The New York Times in 2001, Woody Allen said: "Shane, I think, is [Stevens’] masterpiece. I’ve seen it many, many times. Certainly more than 20."
Shane will be released on UK Blu-ray for the very first time on 30th November 2015 by Eureka Entertainment as part of the Masters of Cinema series at the SRP of £15.95.
There will be two editions of this release, a Limited First Run Edition featuring two Blu-ray set (2000 copies) and a Standard Edition One-Disc Set, available once stock of the Limited Edition First Run have been depleted. The contents of each are as follows.
Limited First Run Edition:
Stunning high-definition restoration in three aspect ratios: The intended 1.37:1 presentation (disc one); the 1.66:1 original theatrical presentation; and an alternate 1.66:1 framing optimised for this ratio, supervised by George Stevens, Jr. (both disc two, limited edition exclusive)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Uncompressed mono and stereo soundtracks
Audio commentary by George Stevens, Jr. and associate producer Ivan Moffat
Video interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
Complete Lux Radio Theater adaptation of Shane
Original theatrical trailer
36-Page Booklet featuring writing on the film by critic Penelope Huston, an unpublished interview with Stevens, a treatment for an unfilmed prologue to the film, an essay on the different ratios, and archival imagery