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A quartet of Hollywood blockbusters on Indicator Blu-ray in October

15 July 2021

On 18 October, Indicator is ro release four Hollywood blockbusters from a bygone era, all of which explore the ideals of heroism and courage in the face of war and disaster.

In Hellfighters, the legendary embodiment of no-nonsense stoicism, John Wayne, plays firefighter Chance Buckman. In Midway, director Jack Smight recreates the famous sea battle between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Staying with the World War II theme, MacArthur is a thoughtful look at the life and times of controversial American military leader General Douglas MacArthur, while in Gray Lady Down, the race is on to rescue a crew of sailors after a nuclear submarine collides with a freighter.

 

Hellfighters Blu-ray cover art

HELLFIGHTERS (1968) | Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK Blu-ray premiere) | £15.99

In Hellfighters, the legendary embodiment of no-nonsense stoicism, John Wayne, plays heroic firefighter Chance Buckman who combats oil-field blazes across the world. Based on the exploits of Red Adair (who acted as technical adviser on the film), this explosive actioner is directed with solid efficiency by Andrew V. McLaglen (The Wild Geese, North Sea Hijack).

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original 6-track stereo presented as 5.1 surround audio 
  • Optional stereo audio
  • Audio commentary with film historians Michael F Blake, C Courtney Joyner, and Constantine Nasr (2021)
  • The BFI Interview with Andrew V McLaglen (1999): archival audio recording of the director in conversation with David Lewin at the National Film Theatre
  • Tom Vincent on Andrew V McLaglen(2021): career-spanning appraisal by the film archivist 
  • Newsreel footage of Red Adair fighting blazes in the Sahara and the North Sea
  • Super 8 version: original cut-down home-cinema presentation
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Andrew Nette, archival articles on the film and the events that inspired it, an overview of critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

Midway Blu-ray cover art

MIDWAY (1976) | Limited Edition Blu-ray | £15.99

Recreating the famous sea battle between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy, Midway finds director Jack Smight (Airport 1975, Frankenstein: the True Story) confidently handling epic battle scenes and a stellar cast which includes Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum, and Robert Wagner. Midway is presented here with a wealth of extras.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono and 2.1 Sensurround audio tracks
  • Audio commentary with film historians Steve Mitchell and Steven Jay Rubin (2021)
  • The Guardian Interview with Robert Wagner (1983): archival audio recording of the film and TV star in conversation with Joan Bakewell at the National Film Theatre, London
  • They Were There! (1976): Charlton Heston presents this archival documentary featuring interviews with three combatants who survived the battle 
  • The Making of ‘Midway’ (2001): documentary short looking at the film’s production
  • Sensurround: The Sounds of ‘Midway’ (2001): a look at the film’s use of the Sensurround audio system 
  • The Score of ‘Midway’ (2001): film composer John Williams discusses his work on the film
  • Selected scenes from the extended TV version
  • The Battle of ‘Midway’ (1942): Oscar-winning documentary directed by John Ford relaying the battle with footage shot by Navy cameramen
  • New video essay by film historian Tag Gallagher on John Ford’s acclaimed documentary
  • Super 8 version: original cut-down home-cinema presentation
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • TV spots
  • Radio spot
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall, archival articles on the film and the events that inspired it, an overview of critical responses, and film credits
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

MacArthur Blu-ray cover art

MacArthur (1977) | Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK Blu-ray premiere) | £15.99

MacArthur is a thoughtful look at the life and times of controversial American military leader General Douglas MacArthur. Directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Colossus: The Forbin Project), this celebrated biopic features a hugely authoritative central performance by Gregory Peck, and strong support from Ed Flanders (The Ninth Configuration) and Dan O’Herlihy (Imitation of Life), who play Presidents Harry S. Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt, respectively. 

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original stereo audio
  • Optional 5.1 surround audio 
  • Audio commentary with film historians Steve Mitchell and Steven Jay Rubin (2021)
  • A selection of newsreels capturing General MacArthur through the years, from his arrival in Australia in 1942 to his 75th birthday celebrations
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Radio spot
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Robert Matzen, archival articles on the film and the events that inspired it, an overview of critical responses, and film credits
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

Gray Lady Down Blu-ray cover art

GRAY LADY DOWN (1978) | Limited Edition Blu-ray (UK Blu-ray premiere) | £15.99

In Gray Lady Down, the race is on to rescue a crew of sailors after a nuclear submarine collides with a Norwegian freighter and becomes stranded on the seabed. Skilful direction from David Greene (The People Next Door) and top-tier performances by Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Stephen McHattie, and Ronny Cox combine to make this the definitive disaster film, one that also features the first feature film role for soon-to-be-Superman, Christopher Reeve.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY FEATURES:

  • High Definition remaster
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historian Peter Tonguette (2021)
  • The Guardian Interview with Charlton Heston (1985): archival audio recording of the great actor in conversation with Quentin Falk at the National Film Theatre, London
  • New interview with actor Stacy Keach (2021)
  • New interview with actor Stephen McHattie (2021)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Radio spot
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Omar Ahmed, archival articles on the film, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies