If your looking to take a step into Westerns or simply looking for a great film with Joan Crawford, you should check out Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar. The extraordinary psychological western also stars Sterling Hayden and this September Eureka Entertainment will release the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of The Masters of Cinema Series.
Our leading lady Crawford plays Vienna a saloon owner with a sordid past leaving her persecuted by the townsfolk. Just when things look lost for Vienna a guitar strumming gunslinger who has a past with her comes to the rescue – Johnny Guitar!
★★★★★ “A truly demented Western, with vividly colourful settings and and an almost operatic intensity of emotional and physical violence.” – Kim Newman, Empire
Mis-understood by US audiences upon release, the film was embraced by European cineastes and is now regarded as one of the greatest western pictures of all time. An intensely stylised masterpiece from director Nicholas Ray, and we’re sure cinephiles will embrace Johnny Guitar when it makes its UK debut on Blu-ray in September.
Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) plays Vienna, a saloon owner with a sordid past. Persecuted by the townspeople, Vienna must protect her life and her property when a lynch mob led by her sexually repressed rival, Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge; All The King’s Men), attempts to frame her for a string of robberies she did not commit. Enter Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden; Dr. Strangelove: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), a guitar-strumming ex-gunfighter who has a history with Vienna.
LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTAINS
Hardbound Slipcase | 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K restoration of the original film elements, framed in the film’s originally intended aspect ratio of 1.66:1 | Brand new commentary by critic Geoff Andrew, author of The Films of Nicholas Ray: The Poet of Nightfall, newly recorded for this release | Brand new video piece by Tony Rayns | Brand new video essay by David Cairns | Brand new interview with Susan Ray | Archival introduction to Johnny Guitar by Martin Scorsese | Trailer | PLUS: 60-page collector’s book featuring new essays on the making of Johnny Guitar and on female gunslingers in the western genre, both by western expert Howard Hughes; an essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum; and archival writing and ephemera | *All extras subject to change
1954 | 110 MIN. | 1.66:1 OAR | USA | WESTERN / DRAMA | COLOUR | PG | ENGLISH
Available to order from: Eureka Store