The Long, Hot Summer

The Long, Hot Summer

Director: Martin Ritt Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa
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The Long, Hot Summer

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.

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]

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

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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The Long, Hot Summer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Several William Faulkner stories get a fine screen treatment here.The movie benefits enormously from being filmed on location in Louisiana.Joe MacDonald's gorgeous photography and Alex North's luscious music give the film a sensual glow.Martin Ritt's powerful direction and the strong,literate, beautifully written Irving Ravetch-Harriet Frank Jr. script are textbook demonstrations of just how well a book can be filmed.But it is the brilliant performances by the entire cast that really put the movie over and make it so memorable.Orson Welles,Lee Remick,Anthony Franciosa,and Angela Lansbury are all outstanding.But the film belongs to its two stars.Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are simply magnificent in two starmaking perfromances.It is easy to see them falling in love with each other on and off screen,which only makes their splendid work that much more convincing. All in all,this is still one of the best films of the 1950s.
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