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Four terrific new UK Blu-ray premieres from Indicator in April

7 February 2018

This April, Indicator presents a quartet of maverick, genre-twisting dramas from some of the most unique and brilliant voices in American cinema.

Available on 23 April, Indicator presents UK Blu-ray premieres of Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Joseph L Mankiewicz’s controversial film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play, starring the iconic talents of Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift; Roger Corman’s brutal crime drama, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), starring Jason Robards as psychotic crime boss Al Capone; Alan Arkin’s unique cult classic Little Murders (1971), starring Elliott Gould, Alan Arkin and Donald Sutherland in a savage and nihilistic black comedy; and Paul Newman’s film of Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972), starring Joanne Woodward in a powerful domestic drama.

Mastered from the finest available materials, each of these essential releases features expertly encoded presentations, a range of new and archival extra features, and English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Published in limited runs, these first pressings will also contain exclusive booklets with newly commissioned writing and full film credits.

All extras detailed below are subject to change.

 

Suddenly, Last Summer Blu-ray pack shot

Suddenly, Last Summer

Directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz (Dragonwyck, All About Eve, Cleopatra) from the play by Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and brilliantly adapted for the screen by Gore Vidal (Ben-Hur, Myra Breckinridge), Suddenly, Last Summer casts three of Hollywood’s most iconic talents (Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift) in a daring and often delirious mix of lurid drama and Gothic horror. Sensational and wildly controversial at the time of its release, Suddenly, Last Summer now stands as a classic – and stills packs a provocative punch.

Indicator Limited Edition features:

  • 4K restoration from the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Interview with Joseph L Mankiewicz (1990, 10 mins): the renowned filmmaker discusses his career in a segment from the French TV series Cinéma cinémas
  • Interview with Elizabeth Taylor (1966, 2 mins): the celebrated actress remembers her friend and co-star, Montgomery Clift, shortly after his tragic death in July 1966
  • Interview with Gary Raymond (2018): a new interview with the versatile British actor
  • Interview with Patricia Marmont (2018): a new interview with the American-born British actor
  • The Predator and the Prey (2017, 26 mins): Michel Ciment, critic, film historian and editor of Positif magazine, on Joseph L Mankiewicz and Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Remembering Last Summer (2018): continuity supervisor Elaine Schreyeck and draughtsman Tony Woollard recall the making of Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Trailer commentary with Dan Ireland (2013, 3 mins): a short critical appreciation
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Samm Deighan, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies

 

Little Murders Blu-ray pack shot

Little Murders

Adapted from the controversial stage play by Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge), this savage, nihilistic black comedy was the startling directorial debut of actor Alan Arkin. When a severely depressed fashion photographer (Elliott Gould – M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye, California Split) meets an optimistic young woman (Marcia Rodd – Citizens Band, Last Embrace), she is determined to save him amidst the series of random muggings, sniper shootings, garbage strikes and total blackouts that are ravaging the city of New York.

Indicator Limited Edition features:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with actor Elliott Gould and writer Jules Feiffer
  • Audio commentary with journalist Samm Deighan
  • Interview with writer Jules Feiffer (2018): a new interview with the renowned author of the original stage play and screenplay of Little Murders
  • Speaking of Films: 'Little Murders' (1972, 30 mins): an archival promotional audio recording of a discussion on the film with writer Jules Feiffer alongside academics and critics Susan Rice, Robert Geller, Leonard Maltin and Sean Driscoll
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Trailer commentary with Larry Karaszewski (2013, 4 mins): a short critical appreciation
  • Original TV spots
  • Original radio spots
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Amy Simmons, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies

 

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Blu-ray pack shot

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paul Zindel, Paul Newman’s second film as director stars his wife Joanne Woodward (Three Faces of Eve, Sybil) as an abusive, over-bearing mother raising her two daughters (Nell Potts and Roberta Wallach) in an atmosphere of bitterness and hatred. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is a powerful, searingly unsentimental and ultimately transformative drama, with a trio of towering performances from the three female leads at its core.

Indicator Limited Edition features:

  • 4K restoration from the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historian Adrian Martin
  • The John Player Lecture with Paul Newman (1972): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Derek Malcolm at London’s National Film Theatre
  • Footage from the 1973 Cannes Film Festival press conference with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
  • Isolated music and effects track
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Original TV spot
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Johnny Mains, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies

 

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Blu-ray review

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Roger Corman’s most ambitious and expensive production – his only film for a major studio – is a violent and lurid account of the events leading up to one of the most infamous events in American crime history. Detailing the bitter and brutal rivalry between feuding Chicago mob bosses Al Capone and ‘Bugs’ Moran, Corman’s vividly realised film features terrific performances from Jason Robards, Ralph Meeker and George Segal, and remains one of Corman’s best films.

Indicator Limited Edition features:

  • 4K restoration from the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Roger Corman Remembers 'The St Valentine’s Day Massacre' (2014, 4 mins)
  • Barry Forshaw on 'The St Valentine’s Day Massacre' (2018): an appreciation by the film historian and journalist
  • Ben Ohmart on Paul Frees (2018): a new appreciation of the great voice actor by the author of Welcome, Foolish Mortals: The Life and Voices of Paul Frees
  • Super 8 version: original cut-down home cinema presentation
  • Isolated score: experience Lionel Newman and Fred Steiner's original soundtrack music
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Roger Corman trailer commentary (2013, 3 mins)
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
  • All extras subject to change