This might not seem like schlock news but stick with it – The Stunt Man is an internationally acclaimed classic that happens to involve the input of some classic b-movie types (Richard Rush directed biker movies early in his career and the cast features b-movie perennials like Adam Roarke and Alex Rocco).  Severin has rescued this gem from limbo, done a new transfer with Rush’s supervision and added plentiful new extras to flesh out those from the prior Anchor Bay edition.  It will street on June 7th.  Read on for all the cinema vs. reality details…

SEVERIN TO RELEASE DEFINITIVE EDITION OF

‘THE STUNT MAN’ ON BLU-RAY JUNE 7TH

Oscar®-nominated cult classic features over 6 hours of Bonus Features

including feature-length documentary & exclusive new cast interviews

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 23rd, 2011 – Severin Films today announced 6/7 release of their Blu-ray ‘Ultimate Edition’ of the three-time Oscar® nominated sensation THE STUNT MAN. The film, starring Peter O’Toole, Steve Railsback and Barbara Hershey, features an all-new HD transfer supervised by Academy Award® nominated producer/director/co-writer Richard Rush and more than 6 hours of Extras that include an all-star audio commentary with Rush, O’Toole, Railsback, Hershey, Alex Rocco, Sharon Farrell and legendary stunt coordinator Chuck Bail, new featurette interviews with O’Toole, Railsback and Hershey, Rush’s own revealing 2000 feature-length documentary THE SINISTER SAGA OF MAKING ‘THE STUNT MAN’, a new Rush career retrospective and more.

O’Toole stars in his still-iconic Oscar® nominated performance as director Eli Cross, a megalomaniacal madman commanding a film-set circus where a paranoid young veteran (Railsback) finds himself maybe replacing a dead stunt man, possibly falling for the beautiful leading lady (Hershey), and discovering that love, death and the mayhem of moviemaking can definitely be the wildest illusions of all.

One of the most acclaimed directors of the ‘70s with films like GETTING STRAIGHT and FREEBIE & THE BEAN, Richard Rush fought 9 years to get THE STUNT MAN made then spent another two years battling 20TH Century Fox to get it released. When the film finally reached screens, it was immediately hailed as one of the best of the year by such critics as Pauline Kael of The New Yorker, David Ansen of Newsweek and Richard Schickel of Time. The film went on to be nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, and Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Awards®.

“THE STUNT MAN defied all odds to become the most unexpected and acclaimed cult hit of the ‘80s, and remains one of the most slyly subversive and thrillingly original action/comedy/drama motion pictures of all time,” says Carl Daft, CEO and co-founder of Severin Films. “We’re proud to bring this Ultimate Edition of one of our favorite Hollywood movies to its millions of loyal fans, as well as introduce it to a whole new audience for the first time.”

Severin Films, founded in 2006 with offices in Los Angeles and London, has been called  “well on its way to becoming the greatest indie label of all time” by BlogCritics.org. Their DVD and Blu-ray releases include Alejandro Jodorowsky’s SANTA SANGRE, Jess Franco’s MACUMBA SEXUAL and BLOODY MOON, Walerian Borowczyk’s IMMORAL WOMEN, the unrated Director’s Cut of Just Jaeckin’s GWENDOLINE, Richard Stanley’s restored HARDWARE, Enzo Castellari’s original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, Oscar®-nominee Patrice Leconte’s THE HAIRDRESSER’S HUSBAND, Don Sharp’s PSYCHOMANIA and Roman Polanski’s WHAT? Severin’s upcoming HD restorations include Ted Post’s THE BABY, Eugenio Martín’s HORROR EXPRESS and Peter Duffell’s THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. The company’s theatrical releases include BIRDEMIC, DEVOLVED, and the forthcoming horror anthology THE THEATRE BIZARRE.

Release date: June 7th, 2011
Blu-ray list price: $29.98
2-Disc DVD list price: $24.98
Single Disc DVD list price: $14.98
Distributed by MPI Media Group

Color
1.85:1 Anamorphic
131 Minutes
Region 0

Blu-ray and 2-Disc DVD Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Richard Rush, and Stars Peter O’Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Alex Rocco, Sharon Farrell, and Chuck Bail
  • The Maverick Career Of Richard Rush – Exclusive New Featurette
  • Peter O’Toole Recounts The Stunt Man – Exclusive New Featurette
  • Devil’s Squadron – Exclusive New Featurette With Steve Railsback & Alex Rocco
  • Barbara Hershey On Nina Franklin – Exclusive New Featurette
  • The Sinister Saga Of The Making Of The Stunt Man – Feature Length Documentary By Richard Rush
  • The Stunt Man At The New Beverly (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes