KINO LORBER RELEASES THE ICEMAN COMETH ON BLU-RAY

The new cover of Kino Lorber’s Blu-ray release of THE ICEMAN COMETH.

Full cover insert to Kino Lorber’s original DVD release of THE ICEMAN COMETH back in 2003.

Kino Lorber, the DVD releasing company, has chosen to release The Iceman Cometh on Blu-Ray as of late last month. The same company had released it on DVD back in 2003 but they must have figured the time was right to update it to the newer technology. As far as any extras go, the Blu-Ray version has the same goodies that the good folks at Kino Lorber had added to the 2003 version.
To put it another way, if you want to know some fascinating, never-befoe-published stories about the making of this criminally underrated classic, then don’t think you’ll find it on the Blu-ray. The best place to find such gold nuggets is between the pages of …that’s right, Lee Marvin Point Blank. What nuggets, you ask? Well, through due diligence (and timing), I was fortunate enough to get interviews with the likes of director John Frankenheimer, co-star Jeff Bridges, and several of the children of Robert Ryan. All of whom told me wonderful and unheard of tales concerning the making of the film.
What kind of stories? Well, you can find out who the other superstar actors who were offered the Lee Marvin role of Hickey that Frankenheimer hoped would say no. You can discover the valuable inside lesson Jeff Bridges learned fro Marvin that they DON’T teach in acting school. Then there’s the very strange and off-putting thing Marvin did the day he met film legend Fredric March, that is according to Cheyney Ryan, Robert Ryan’s son who was there to witness it.
Don’t take my word for it, of course. See the brilliance of Marvin’s performance and the rest of the cast on Kino Lorber’s recent Blu-Ray release and then, for the full story on The Iceman Cometh’s making, read Lee Marvin Point Blank. You won’t be disappointed.
– Dwayne Epstein

On the cover of the now defunct WORLD Magazine, Lee Marvin does his part to promote THE ICEMAN COMETH.

Hard-to-find four record set of the film’s soundtrack. Cool cover, huh?

2-Page spread in 1973’s edition of SCREEN WORLD.

 

 

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GREAT SCOUT & CATHOUSE THURSDAY COMES TO BLU-RAY

Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday, Lee Marvin’s 1976 AIP release, has recently come out on Blu-Ray on the Kino Lorber label.  It being a Lee Marvin film, naturally I researched and wrote about it for Lee Marvin Point Blank.

An original p.r. still from GREAT SCOUT & CATHOUSE THURSDAY with (L-R) Ashley, Lenz and Marvin. The promotional caption says it all.

What’s it about? Marvin is, (get this) Sam Longwood, the great scout and it takes place during the 1908 presidential election of William Howard Taft. It was released, after all in the year of the bicentennial so patriotic banners and flags are on full display. Longwood and his cohorts, sleazy little Billy (Strother Martin) and Harvard-educated native-American Joe Knox (Oliver Reed) are bound for Colorado to collect their stolen money from former partner and now respected businessman, Robert Culp. Along the way, they way lay a wagon full of prostitutes named for the days of the week that Knox wants to ‘utilize’ to infect the entire caucasian population with veneral disease. The runt of this litter of soiled doves is named Thursday, aptly played by Kay Lenz, who is enamored with Marvin but is constantly groped by Martin. There’s also, among others, Marvn’s old flame, played by Elizabeth Ashley, and Kay Lenz’s former boss, played by Sylvia Miles. It being  a Lee Marvin film, naturally this bawdy tale ends in an all-out brawl between Marvin and Culp in which the rest of the cast joins in.

Lee Marvin as Sam Longwood discovers is former lover, Elizabeth Ashley, is not the woman he remembered her to be.

The Blu-Ray release, which could be ripe with supplemental material, sadly is not. Other than the film itself it contains only a trailer for other company releases. Had they asked, I could have provided some insight into the film, as I interviewed Kay Lenz extensively, who told me some wonderful stories about the film’s production and it’s cast of divergent characters. Anyone interested in finding out what went on during the film’s location shooting in sweltering Durango, Mexico, what Marvin himself thought of the film and his costars, can find it in the pages of Lee Marvin Point Blank.

Newspaper wire image promoting the film.

Paperback tie-in published to promote the film.

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