What you are about to read is perhaps Your Humble Reviewer’s favorite home video news of the year.  The trilogy of Walking Tall films made in the 1970’s are coming to both blu-ray and DVD in May.  These films made stars out of Joe Don Baker and Bo Svenson as they recreated incidents from the life of real life southern sheriff Buford Pusser.  This three-disc set will contain new anamorphic transfers of each film plus a retrospective featurette about the films and the life of Pusser.  Read on for all the drive-in justice details…

THE WALKING TALL TRILOGY

COLLECTORS EDITION

THREE HARD-HITTING ACTION CLASSICS

PRESENTED IN HIGH-DEFINITION AND ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN, PLUS ALL-NEW BONUS CONTENT FOR THE FIRST TIME!

WALKING TALL, WALKING TALL PART 2, FINAL CHAPTER: WALKING TALL

BRING HOME THIS DEFINITIVE

3-DISC DVD and BLU-RAY™ COLLECTION

ON May 15, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

THE WALKING TALL TRILOGY COLLECTORS EDITION hits home entertainment shelves nationwide May 15, 2012

For the first time ever on Blu-ray™, Walking Tall, Walking Tall Part 2 and Final Chapter: Walking Tall are presented in anamorphic widescreen and available together in this special 3-Disc collectors edition. Loaded with insightful bonus content, THE WALKING TALL TRILOGY COLLECTORS EDITION is a must-have home entertainment collection for movie fans and collectors. This 3-Disc collectors edition Blu-ray set is priced to own at $39.97 SRP. The special collector’s edition 3-DVD has a suggested retail price of $24.97 SRP.

Walking Tall (1973)

Synopsis

One man with the courage to take on corruption!

An astonishing, action-packed thriller, the critical and box-office sensation Walking Tall stars Joe Don Baker (The Dukes of Hazzard) as Buford Pusser, the tall, no nonsense sheriff who fought a tremendous uphill battle to clean up his home town. When ex- wrestler Buford moves back home to Tennessee with his family, several corrupt locals attack him and leave him in a ditch to die. But with surprising support from the town, Buford is elected sheriff. Now with his fiery rage released, he steps up his mission to clean up the entire county, usually brandishing a large club that acts as judge, jury, and executioner. Based on a true story, this is the original revenge film: A masterpiece of mayhem whose kill or be killed fights still resonate with audiences today.

Starring Joe Don Baker, Noah Berry Jr., Elizabeth Hartman, Felton Perry, Pepper Martin, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn, Bruce Glover

Director: Phil Karlson

Executive Producer: Charles A. Pratt

Writer & Producer: Mort Briskin

Music: Walter Scharf

Director of Photography: Jack A. Marta, A.S.C.

“Walking Tall” sung by Johnny Mathis

© 1973 Bing Crosby Productions. All Rights Reserved

124 minutes

Rated R

Walking Tall Part 2 (1975)

Synopsis

Buford’s back and this time he’s out for blood!

The Walking Tall legacy continues with Bo Svenson taking the role of Sheriff Buford Pusser, a one-man army trying to rid his town of corruption. Out to avenge his wife’s death at the hand of the mob, Sheriff Pusser blows up their moonshine operation. With Buford breathing down their necks, the syndicate hires two henchmen; one a maniacal race car driver, the other a deadly gunslinger. Any other man would’ve left town, but then Pusser is no ordinary man.

Starring Bo Svenson as Buford Pusser

Also starring Richard Jaeckel, Bruce Glover, Robert DoQui, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn, Bruce Glover, Noah Beery Jr. as Carl Pusser

Directed by Earl Bellamy

Produced by Charles A. Pratt

Written by Howard B. Kreitsek

Music by Walter Scharf

© 1975 Bing Crosby Productions. All Rights Reserved

109 minutes

Rated PG

Final Chapter:  Walking Tall (1977)

Synopsis

He’s not goin’ down without a fight!

It’s the final chapter in the chilling, real-life story of Sheriff Buford Pusser, a good-hearted lawman set on keeping his town safe. Still distraught over his wife’s death, he blows up every moonshine still in McNairy county and burns the brothels and whisky joints to the ground. Having gone a little too far, he’s voted out of office, but that doesn’t stop the mob from seeking their revenge. Buford soon discovers how small his town is when he runs out of highway with the mob on his tail.

Starring Bo Svenson as Buford Pusser

Co-starring Margaret Blye, Lurene Tuttle, Forrest Tucker, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn, Bruce Glover, Morgan Woodward as the Boss

Directed by Jack Starrett

Produced by Charles A. Pratt

Written by Howard B. Kreitsek and Samuel A. Peeples from a story by Howard B. Kreitsek

Music by Walter Scharf

© 1977 Bing Crosby Productions. All Rights Reserved

112 minutes

Rated R

THE WALKING TALL TRILOGY COLLECTORS EDITION

Blu-ray and DVD Special Features:

  • WALKING TALL, THE BUFORD PUSSER STORY, a documentary featuring new interviews with actors Joe Don Baker, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn, Bruce Glover and with members of Buford Pusser’s family including his daughter Dwana Pusser
  • FINAL CHAPTER: WALKING TALL vintage featurette with behind-the-scenes footage
  • Trailers and TV Spots