Studiocanal in June will be adding a trio of ‘Cult Classics‘ coming to Blu-ray for the first along with a DVD and Digital release. Presenting brand-new restorations of two classics from legendary director Enzo G Castellari (The Inglorious Bastards) – the Poliziotteschi crime thriller HIGH CRIME (1973), starring Franco Nero (Django) and said to have been inspired by Bullitt; and iconic Spaghetti Western KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE (1968), starring Chuck Connors (Branded). And a new release of the superb action thriller EXTREME PREJUDICE starring Nick Nolte (48 Hours) and Powers Boothe (Southern Comfort), directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors).
HIGH CRIME (1973) CRIME, THRILLER
In HIGH CRIME, Vice-Commissioner Belli (Nero), the assistant chief inspector in Genoa, is investigating a series of crimes committed by a drug-running gang. He approaches the apparently reformed old-fashioned gangster Cafiero (Fernando Rey) for information on the gang, not knowing that Cafiero plans to take care of them himself. When Belli’s boss is murdered, he takes over as Commissioner and fights on, hoping for a chance to avenge his boss and take down the underworld organisation.
-A Criminal Conversation – Enzo G. Castellari Remembers High Crime
-The Scene of the Crime – An Interview with Roberto Girometti
-High and Dry – The Stuntwork of Massimo Vanni
KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE (1968) ACTION, WESTERN
A bloodthirsty Civil War tale set in 1864, KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE sees mercenary Clyde McKay (Connors) leading a squad of mercenaries on a dangerous Confederate mission: to infiltrate and raid a Unionist army fortress where a million dollars in gold has been stowed away in boxes of dynamite. A single bullet could send the whole treasure sky high but for these renegades nothing is impossible. Only madmen could pull off such a job!
-Audio commentary with filmmaker and fan Alex Cox
-Shoot to Kill, Aim to Thrill – An Interview with Enzo G. Castellari
-Shoot-Outs in the Old Spaghetti West – Romolo Guerrieri on a Family of Filmmaking
-Italy’s Cult Auteur of Action Cinema – A Critical Retrospective of Enzo G. Castellari
EXTREME PREJUDICE (1987) ACTION, CRIME
Neo-Western action thriller EXTREME PREJUDICE sees tough Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nolte) fighting to bring down his childhood friend Cash Bailey (Boothe), now a ruthless drug baron operating across the Mexican border. Jack is recruited by the CIA to terminate Cash with extreme prejudice, but must also reckon with a clandestine army of veterans officially killed-in-action but now on a top-secret assignment in pursuit of the narcotics kingpin, leading to an epic and intensely violent showdown.
-Audio Commentary with Film Historians C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke
-Isolated Score Selections with Audio Interview from Music Historian John Takis
-The Major’s Agenda – An Interview with Actor Michael Ironside
-The War Within – An Interview with Actor Clancy Brown
-Capturing The Chaos – An Interview with Director Of Photography Matthew F. Leonetti
-Original Trailers, Vintage EPK; Stills Gallery
Packed with a host of new special features (including commentaries and interviews) these immaculate restorations, making their UK Blu-ray debuts, are a must-own for discerning cult film fans, and aficionados of the no-holds barred directors Castellari and Hill.
All 3 titles are available to buy (pre-order here) on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 6th June.