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The Paul Newman Collection (R2) in November

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Paul Newman Collection for 27th November 2006 priced at £34.99. Warner celebrates one of Hollywood’s living legends with this five disc giftset which brings together five of the actor’s films never before available on UK DVD. Harper, The Drowning Pool, The Left-Handed Gun, Mackintosh Man and Somebody Up There Likes Me comprise the set, enhanced with new and archival featurettes.

The Region 1 set due two weeks earlier includes two films not included here: Pocket Money and The Young Philadelphians.

Details follow…

Harper - Paul Newman gives a memorable performance in this box-office hit based on Ross MacDonald’s The Moving Target. The first detective film in Newman’s then 23-film career, Newman’s sleuth, Lew Harper, chews gum fast and slips out of jams even faster
while unraveling a twisted case of kidnapping and murder. William Goldman’s clever script is filled with quips and a parade of Los Angeles characters: a woman of means (Lauren Bacall), a gun-toting attorney (Arthur Hill), a poolside gigolo (Robert Wagner), a boozy ex-starlet (Shelley Winters), a jazz junkie (Julie Harris), Harper’s estranged wife (Janet Leigh) and the unholy order of the Temple of the Clouds (led by Strother Martin). Each possesses a clue. Or a bullet for Harper.
DVD Special Features:

  • Commentary by screenwriter William Goldman
  • Introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne
  • Theatrical trailer

The Drowning Pool - Newman returns as the quick-witted detective he first played nine years before in Harper. A cast to reckon with joins him in this mystery adapted from Ross MacDonald’s novel and directed by Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke). Joanne Woodward plays the New Orleans oil heiress who turns to Harper for help with a seemingly routine blackmail case. Young Melanie Griffith is her kittenish daughter, and Tony Franciosa, Coral Browne, Andy Robinson and Murray Hamilton keep The Drowning Pool’s intrigue as thick as gumbo.
DVD Special Features:
  • Vintage featurette Harper Days Are Here Again
  • Theatrical trailer

The Left Handed Gun - Newman plays William Bonney, the fabled and legendary gunslinger known as Billy the Kid. The West had never seen the likes of this Brooklyn-born desperado, a troubled teen who wrote his name in blood on history’s pages. And the genre had never before seen a performance like that of Paul Newman. He displays a complex, twitchy moodiness that captures the killer’s half-boy, half-man nature.
Another major presence is first-time film director Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man), here first exploring a theme he would return to again and again: the alienated outsider confronted by a hostile society. What Newman and Penn put on screen was new, provocative and startling, so it’s no surprise the movie’s initial reception was mixed. Today it’s hailed as a unique and influential Western.
DVD Special Features:
  • Commentary by director Arthur Penn
  • Theatrical trailer

The Mackintosh Man - Paul Newman plays Joseph Rearden, British Intelligence’s man on the inside, in this tense and tricky thriller, directed by the legendary John Huston from a screenplay by Walter Hill (48 HRS.). It’s superbly cast with sterling talent that includes Dominique Sanda, Harry Andrews and Ian Bannen. James Mason (Newman’s adversary in The Verdict) plays a Member of Parliament who’s really a master spy – and the focus of Rearden’s assignment. In an era when spies came in from the cold, The Mackintosh Man generates a lot of heat.
DVD Special Features:
  • Vintage featurette John Huston: The Man, The Myth, The Moviemaker
  • Theatrical trailer

Somebody Up There Likes Me - This inspiring bio-pic recounts the story of Rocky Graziano, the scrappy kid from New York who rose from poverty and rage to become middleweight champion. Newman plays Graziano to perfection, primarily because he met frequently with the real champ to study his speech and mannerisms. Robert Wise, who earlier captured the fight game in The Set-Up, directs what would become Newman’s breakout film and win two Academy AwardsÒ -- Best B & W Cinematography and Best Black and White Art Direction. Steve McQueen and Robert Loggia make their screen debuts; Perry Como sings the title song.
DVD Special Features:
  • Commentary by Paul Newman, Robert Loggia, Director Robert Wise, Martin Scorsese and Richard Schickel
  • Theatrical trailer

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