The 1979 Clint Eastwood classic Escape From Alcatraz is the next big Hollywood movie to get the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc treatment from independent film distributor Kino Lorber.
The disc will be released on Nov. 8 at a suggested retail price of $39.95.
The film finds Eastwood and director Don Siegel reteaming for their fifth and final joint venture. Escape From Alcatraz tells the fascinating story of the only three men ever to escape from the notorious maximum-security prison at Alcatraz, an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and “Birdman” Robert Stroud, was only broken once — by three men never heard of again.
Eastwood portrays Frank Morris, the cunning bank robber who masterminded the elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. Patrick McGoohan portrays the suspicious warden. Filmed on location in Alcatraz, this reenactment of a true story also co-stars Fred Ward, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau, Paul Benjamin and Larry Hankin. The screenplay is by Richard Tuggle, based on a book by J. Campbell Bruce.
The two-disc set features a new HDR/Dolby Vision Master by Paramount Pictures from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, as well as a standard Blu-ray Disc edition of the film.
There’s also a new audio commentary track by film historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson, as well as new interviews with screenwriter Tuggle and actor Hankin.