Cool Hand Luke R2 Deluxe Edition in September
Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition) on 15th September 2008. Paul Newman, who was Oscar-nominated for Best actor for his role, gives one of the most powerful performances of his career as Lucas “Luke” Jackson, a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who refuses to buckle under to authority, while repeatedly escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because of his gumption but the head of the gang hates him and tries to break him by beating him often. Ultimately Luke gains the respect of all the convicts but with each escape and return he is subjected to more and harsher punishments by the sadistic guards.
Newly remastered, the film boasts all-new featurettes, including "The Making of Cool Hand Luke," a profile of novelist, co-screenwriter and the real "Cool Hand Luke" Donn Pearce. Also included is a commentary by noted writer and Paul Newman biographer Eric Lax.