Long, Hot Summer

Long, Hot Summer

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Director: Martin Ritt

Cast: Martin Ritt, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa

     
 

Martin Ritt's The Long, Hot Summer (1958) comes to DVD in a sparkling transfer that not only captures the luster and depth of the original theatrical release, but also includes a handy supplement, courtesy of American Movie Classics. The source for the DVD, which is mastered in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio to capture the original anamorphic Cinemascope aspect ratio,See more details below

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Overview

Martin Ritt's The Long, Hot Summer (1958) comes to DVD in a sparkling transfer that not only captures the luster and depth of the original theatrical release, but also includes a handy supplement, courtesy of American Movie Classics. The source for the DVD, which is mastered in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio to capture the original anamorphic Cinemascope aspect ratio, is nearly flawless, with nary a mark on it. Indeed, the source looks far better and is more carefully timed than some theatrical prints. The photography of the opening credit sequence alone, as Paul Newman's character makes his way along the river to Frenchman's Bend, is worth the price of the disc by itself. The main bonus feature is the AMC Backstory installment on the making of the movie, which goes into the tumultuous production of the film (which set co-star Orson Welles at the throat of director Ritt). The highlight is the on-camera interview with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward; one only wishes that Martin Ritt were still around to speak for himself, but the documentary does a good job of presenting his side. Short of a commentary track, the AMC special is as good as this kind of supplement can get. The best part of this cornucopia of riches is Angela Lansbury's contribution; the appearance of Richard Anderson is also a welcome surprise, recalling the difficulties between Welles and Ritt. The other supplements include a one-minute Fox Movietone News segment about the movie's opening in Louisiana in 1958, and the original trailer (in extraordinarily good condition), which runs nearly three minutes and is pretty entertaining and amazingly frank in its own right. The 115-minute movie has been given a very generous 32 chapters, and the audio has been mastered in beautiful fidelity. Alex North's score flows out of the speakers like liquid gold, and every detail of the dialogue (even Welles' partly remixed line readings) comes out nicely audible. In addition to a stereo English-language track, the disc also includes mono French and Spanish dubbed tracks and Spanish subtitles.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Long, Hot Summer is best remembered for Paul Newman's stellar performance as the incendiary Ben Quick, and for the seamless way in which writers Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. combined several William Faulkner stories into one compelling screenplay. It's great fun to watch the top-notch cast work together, particularly in the scenes that feature Newman and Orson Welles. Familiar faces dot the supporting cast, from Angela Lansbury to Lee Remick. It takes a while for the film to gain its footing, but, once it does, the energy level builds to a walloping climax. For much of the 1950s, director Martin Ritt was a victim of Hollywood's blacklist, and Summer helped re-establish his career, sparking a series of successful collaborations with Newman. This was also the first film to co-star Newman and wife Joanne Woodward. Though it received no Oscar nominations, Summer fared better in Europe, where Newman won Best Actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0024543075530
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Sales rank:
7,361

Special Features

Closed Caption; AMC Backstory: "Long, Hot Summer"; "Movie Tone News: The Long Hot Summer in World Premiere, a Louisiana Triumph"; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Ben Quick
Joanne Woodward Clara Varner
Anthony Franciosa Jody Varner
Orson Welles Will Varner
Lee Remick Eula Varner
Angela Lansbury Minnie Littlejohn
Richard Anderson Alan Stewart
Sarah Marshall Agnes Stewart
Mabel Albertson Mrs. Stewart
William Walker Lucius
George Dunn Peabody
Jess Kirkpatrick Armistead
Val Avery Wilk
I. Stanford Jolley Houstin
Nicholas King John Fisher
Lee Erickson Tom Shortly
Ralph Reed J.V. Bookright
Jim Brandt Linus Olds
Helen Wallace Mrs. Houstin
Brian Corcoran Harry Peabody
Eugene Jackson Waiter
Byron Foulger Harris
J. Pat O'Malley Ratliff
Terry Rangno Pete Armistead

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Eli Benneche Set Decoration/Design
Eli Dunn Asst. Director
Harriet Frank Screenwriter
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Loeffler Editor
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Alex North Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Irving Ravetch Screenwriter
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Wald Producer
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Barn Burner
2. Main Titles
3. Frenchman's Bend
4. The Varner Home
5. The New Tenant Farmer
6. Daddy's Rug
7. The Patriarch
8. Hellfire
9. Dangerous Men
10. Decayed Gentry
11. The Horseflesh Business
12. Varner's Offer
13. Dinner at the Big House
14. Healthy Young Animals
15. Nature Takes Its Course
16. No More Waiting
17. Under New Management
18. School's Out
19. A Man With a Purpose
20. Moving Up
21. No Affection or Regard
22. The Church Bazaar
23. The Highest Bidder
24. Alan's Answer
25. Treasure
26. Minted in 1910
27. A Father-Daughter Talk
28. No Engagement
29. Hellfire & Redemption
30. My Old Man
31. A Pretty Valuable Thing
32. End Credits

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