Joan Crawford in ‘Johnny Guitar’: UK debut on Blu-ray

An intensely stylised masterpiece from director Nicholas Ray.

An intensely stylised masterpiece from director Nicholas Ray, Johnny Guitar makes its UK debut on Blu-ray as part of the Masters of Cinema series.

Eureka Entertainment to release Johnny Guitar, Nicholas Ray’s ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind western starring Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden, on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 20 September 2021. Presented in a Limited Edition Set of only 3000 copies featuring a Hardbound Slipcase and 60-page Collector’s Booklet.

Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden. Image © Eureka Entertainment.

Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) plays Vienna, a saloon owner with a sordid past. Persecuted by the townspeople, Vienna must protect her life and her property when a lynch mob led by her sexually repressed rival, Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge; All The King’s Men, The Exorcist), attempts to frame her for a string of robberies she did not commit. Enter Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden; Dr. Strangelove: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), a guitar-strumming ex-gunfighter who has a history with Vienna.

Joan Crawford. Image © Eureka Entertainment.

Misunderstood by US audiences upon release, the film was embraced by European cineastes and is now regarded as one of the greatest western pictures of all time. In 2008, Johnny Guitar was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”

Mercedes McCambridge. Image © Eureka Entertainment.

Limited Edition Blu-Ray Contains:

Hardbound Slipcase
1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K restoration of the original film elements, framed in the film’s originally intended aspect ratio of 1.66:1
Brand new commentary by critic Geoff Andrew, author of The Films of Nicholas Ray: The Poet of Nightfall, newly recorded for this release
Brand new video piece by Tony Rayns
Brand new video essay by David Cairns Brand new interview with Susan Ray
Archival introduction to Johnny Guitar by Martin Scorsese
PLUS: 60-page collector’s book featuring new essays on the making of Johnny Guitar and on female gunslingers in the western genre, both by western expert Howard Hughes; an essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum; and archival writing and ephemera

 *All extras subject to change

‘Johnny Guitar’ (Masters of Cinema) Limited Edition Blu-ray released 20 September 2021. Certificate PG. Blu-ray RRP £29.99. Available to order from Eureka Store

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