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Noir western classic The Ox-Bow Incident on dual format in July

29 June 2016

One of Hollywood’s most prolific directors, William A. Wellman was responsible for more than 80 features and a string of masterpieces including Wings, the first film to win the Best Picture Oscar, The Public Enemy, which made a star of James Cagney, screwball classic Nothing Sacred, the original A Star is Born and this marvellous noir-inflected Western, The Ox-Bow Incident.

Set in a small Nevada town where tensions are running high thanks to a spate of cattle rustling, things reach boiling point when cowboy Larry Kinkaid is murdered. With the sheriff out of town, the residents form a posse and head to Ox-Bow Canyon to find the three men they believe to be guilty – including Dana Andrews and Anthony Quinn in early major roles – and enact their own form of justice.

A favourite of both Clint Eastwood and star Henry Fonda, who serves as the film’s moral centre, The Ox-Bow Incident is a tough, complex picture whose uncompromising starkness continues to astound to this day.

The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident will be released on UK duyal format (Blu-ray & DVD) on 4th July 2016 by Arrow Films as part of the Arrow Academy label at the RRP of £19.99.

Special Edition contents:

  • New 4K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio

  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Audio commentary by American West historian Dick Etulain and William Wellman Jr

  • Introduction by Peter Stanfield, author of Hollywood, Westerns and the 1930s: The Lost Trail and Horse Opera: The Strange History of the Singing Cowboy

  • Scene-select commentaries by Stanfield

  • Henry Fonda: Hollywood’s Quiet Hero, a 45-minute documentary on the actor from the Biography series

  • Stills gallery

  • Theatrical trailer

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov

  • Fully illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by Nick Pinkerton