The 1974 crime comedy-drama Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges, is the latest big theatrical catalog film to be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray by an independent third-party distributor.
Kino Lorber will release the film, directed by Michael Cimino and distributed theatrically by United Artists, on Sept. 26 under its “Studio Classics” line. The film, one of Eastwood’s lesser-known titles, was last released on Blu-ray Disc in February 2014. Before that, it was issued on DVD in 2000 by MGM Home Video.
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot costars George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis, Catherine Bach, and Gary Busey.
Eastwood and Bridges star as a pair of modern-day outlaws. Thunderbolt (Eastwood) is a former thief whose razor-sharp wits and steely nerves made him a master of his profession, but he’s about to re-enter the criminal world with a new partner: Lightfoot (Bridges), a brash young drifter whose energy and exuberance give the veteran a new outlook on life. Their target: the seemingly impenetrable Montana Armored Depository.
After forming an uneasy alliance with Thunderbolt’s former partners in crime, Red Leary (Kennedy) and Eddie Goody (Lewis), they launch an amazing scheme that will test the limits of their endurance, and the power of their friendship.
Kino Lorber is packaging the film in a two-disc set. The first disc features the film in 4K Ultra HD, from a new HDR/Dolby Vision master created from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negative. The disc comes with an audio commentary by film critic Nick Pinkerton.
The second disc has the film on standard Blu-ray Disc, also from a new HD master, and also includes an audio commentary by Pinkerton, as well as a featurette on the film’s characters with director Cimino, radio and TV spots, and the original theatrical trailer.