The Essential Steve McQueen Collection (R2) in February
The Essential Steve McQueen Collection, the delayed DVD box set is finally due to hit UK shelves on 6th February 2006 priced £49.99 RRP (Certificate 18). The Collection includes the recently released Two-Disc Special Edition DVD of Bullitt and The Getaway Deluxe Edition.
The three other films included in the Collection and new-to-DVD are The Cincinnati Kid, Never So Few, and Tom Horn. DVD special features include perceptive commentaries from directors Norman Jewison and Peter Yates, archival footage and new and vintage documentaries. The six-disc boxed set will be available for £49.99 RRP.
Bullitt 2-Disc SE (1968) -- R1 Review
In one of his most famous roles, Steve McQueen stars as tough-guy police detective Frank Bullitt, assigned for 48 hours to watch a witness before his trial. However, when the witness and another officer are shot, Bullitt decides to investigate the case on his own, much to the dismay of an ambitious Senator (Robert Vaughn) who wants to shut the investigation down, hindering Bullitt's plan to bring the killers to justice. Robert Duvall and Jacqueline Bisset also star in the film, which contains one of the most exciting car chases in film. Bullitt also won the 1969 Academy Award® for Best Editing.
- Commentary by Director Peter Yates
- Theatrical Trailer
- Two Feature-Length Documentaries:
- The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, narrated by Kathy Bates.
- Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool - From filmmaker Mimi Freedman, this all-new documentary uncovers the complex man behind the image by watching McQueen's life and career through the eyes of the people who knew him best and extensive use of film and television clips
- Vintage Featurette: Bullitt: Steve McQueen's Commitment to Reality
The Cincinnati Kid (1965) -- R1 Review
In the title role, Steve McQueen is an up-and-coming poker player in New Orleans who takes on a long-time master of the game. Not only is there a small fortune at stake, but also the status of being the top player. But the game is compromised when the trusted dealer is blackmailed into fixing the outcome. Directed by Norman Jewison (Moonstruck, The Hurricane), the film also stars Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden, Ann-Margret and Tuesday Weld.
Considered one of the best poker movies ever made, The Cincinnati Kid is poised to find a whole new audience due to the soaring popularity of poker today.
DVD Special Features:
- Commentary by director Norman Jewison
- Scene specific commentary with David Foley and Phil Gordon, the hosts of Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown"
- Archival featurette "The Cincinnati Kid Plays According to Hoyle"
The Getaway (1972) -- R1 Review
Steve McQueen plays a bank robber whose wife makes a deal with a Texas politician to have her husband released from prison in return for a percentage from their next big heist. But when the plan goes sour, the couple must flee to Mexico as fast as they can, with a variety of gun-wielding thugs on their trail. Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers and Al Lettieri also star in this crime thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch).
DVD Special Features:
- Commentary by DVD Producer Nick Redman, authors Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons & David Weddle
- "Virtual" audio commentary with stills featuring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Sam Peckinpah
Never So Few (1959) -- R1 Review
Captain Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in World War II Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat is more grueling than Reynolds imagined, and after Chinese rebels cross the border to loot and murder American soldiers, Reynolds abandons all notions of "military protocol" and seeks requital. McQueen co-stars alongside Charles Bronson and Peter Lawford.
Tom Horn (1980) -- R1 Review
Tom Horn (McQueen), a renowned former army scout, is hired by Wyoming cattle ranchers to put a stop to violence on the range. In the process, Tom finds himself accused of murder. McQueen starred in and executive-produced what would be his penultimate movie, a gritty, exciting recreation of Horn's latter-day career in a turn-of-the-century West where gentler ways supplanted the law of the gun and Horn would be an unwitting victim of that change. Linda Evans and Richard Farnsworth head a strong cast in a film capturing the essence of a time when a man's word was only as good as his guns or fists. Shot on serenely beautiful Arizona locations, Tom Horn indelibly brings to life one of the West's truly unsung heroes.