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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"MACBETH"/"HANNIE CAULDER" -- Olive Films Announces Olive Signature Titles for November

Olive Films Announces November Olive Signature Titles

CHICAGO, IL – Olive Films is proud to announce the next titles to be included in Olive Signature, a new series of DVD & Blu-ray releases offering deluxe editions of time-honored classics, fan favorites, and under-appreciated gems from the Olive catalog. Olive Signature titles feature pristine audio and video presentation and an abundance of bonus material that will delight fans, collectors, and cinephiles. They continue the series with two distinct, but beloved classics.

    Macbeth (1948/1950) - DVD/BD
    Hannie Caulder (1971) - DVD/BD


YEAR: 1948, 1950
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 107 mins (1948), 85 mins (1950)
VIDEO: 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W


    New High-Definition digital restoration
    Includes 1948 and 1950 versions
    Audio Commentary with Welles biographer Joseph McBride
    "Welles and Shakespeare" - an interview with Welles expert, Professor Michael Anderegg
    "Adapting Shakespeare on Film" - a conversation with directors Carlo Carlei (Romeo & Juliet) and Billy Morrissette (Scotland, PA)
    Excerpt from We Work Again, a 1937 WPA documentary containing scenes from Welles' Federal Theatre Project production of Macbeth
    "That Was Orson Welles" - an interview with Welles' close friend and co-author, Peter Bogdanovich
    "Restoring Macbeth" - an interview with former UCLA Film & Television Archive Preservation Officer Bob Gitt
    "Free Republic: The Story of Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures"
    “The Two Macbeths” - an essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

Something wicked this way comes in Orson Welles’ cinematic retelling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Welles stars as the titular Macbeth—a doomed Scottish lord tragically undone by his own ambition. Welles’ noir-tinged interpretation bubbles over with supernatural prophecy and murderous intrigue, effectively mixing the use of shadow and oblique camera angles to achieve an ominous sense of a land in peril. Beautifully shot by John L. Russell (Psycho) and starring Orson Welles (who also adapted, produced and directed), Jeanette Nolan (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), Dan O’Herlihy (Robinson Crusoe), Roddy McDowall (How Green Was My Valley) and Alan Napier (TV’s Batman), Macbeth is an altogether unique interpretation of Shakespeare's Scottish play. This special Olive Signature edition includes both the original 1948 107-minute cut, replete with affected highland accents, and the 1950 pared-down 85-minute re-release that removed most of the accented dialogue.


YEAR: 1971
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
VIDEO:  2:35:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR


    New High-Definition digital restoration
    Audio commentary by Western expert and director Alex Cox (Walker, Repo Man)
    "Exploitation or Redemption?" - an examination of rape-revenge movies with film scholar Ben Sher
    "A Very British Horror Studio" - interview with Sir Christopher Frayling on the history of Tigon Studios
    Essay by film critic Miriam Bale

Revenge is a loaded gun in director Burt Kennedy’s (The Train Robbers) Hannie Caulder. Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C., 100 Rifles, and Myra Breckinridge) smolders as Hannie, a widow sworn to avenge her own brutal rape and husband’s murder at the hands of Emmett (Ernest Borgnine, The Wild Bunch), Frank (Jack Elam, Support Your Local Sheriff), and Rufus (Strother Martin, Cool Hand Luke), three of the most despicable scoundrels to have ever roamed the prairie. Eager for revenge, but lacking the gunfighter’s know-how, Hannie soon discovers new confidence and skill when bounty hunter Thomas Luther Price (Robert Culp, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) teaches her the way of the gun. In no time, Hannie is strapping on her six shooter and setting out to put a few notches on its handle. Co-starring the legendary Christopher Lee (Horror of Dracula), playing against type as a sympathetic gunsmith who befriends her, Hannie Caulder hits its target from ten paces.

About Olive Films
Olive Films is a Chicago-based boutique theatrical and home entertainment distribution label dedicated to bringing independent, foreign, documentary, and classic films to life. Its catalog boasts over 500 titles ranging from Hollywood classics to contemporary titles. More information about Olive Films may be found at


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