Warner Bows Fourth Director’s Showcase16 Feb, 2009 By: Billy Gil
Warner Home Video’s Director’s Showcase: Take Four will include new director’s cuts of films by directors Hal Ashby and Hugh Hudson. The five films arrive May 26 (prebook April 21) at $19.97 each.
Lookin’ to Get Out will bow in a new cut from Ashby (Being There and In the Heat of the Night). The comedy about two gamblers in Las Vegas came to light from the help of its star, Jon Voight, as well as Ashby-biographer Nick Dawson and Ashby’s daughter Leigh MacManus.
“For various reasons, the film we released didn’t really represent Hal’s best work,” said Voight, who co-wrote the script, in a statement. “I knew every version of the script and every cut, so I was understandably excited, but I also didn’t want to be disappointed. But when I saw it, I knew instantly it had Hal’s touch.”
Revolution Revisited Director’s Cut comes from Oscar nominee Hudson (Chariots of Fire) and stars Al Pacino as an unwilling participant in the American Revolution. The newly remastered and re-edited cut features a new narration from Pacino in the film, as well as new featurette “Revisiting Revolution: A Conversation with Al Pacino and Hugh Hudson.”
Additional titles streeting in the fourth Director’s Showcase are John Boorman’s Beyond Rangoon, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point and David Cronenberg’s M. Butterfly.