New on Home Video: “High Plains Drifter” (1973) 4K UHD

Kino Lorber Studio Classics is giving a beloved Clint Eastwood Western the 4K UHD treatment. “High Plains Drifter” is both directed by and stars Eastwood. He plays a mysterious stranger who drifts into a small mining town to dole out his own brand of justice. Heavily influenced by his spaghetti western trilogy with the great Sergio Leone, “High Plains Drifter” shares many similarities with his ‘Man With No Name’ films. Yet the movie has its own distinct identity in large part thanks to Eastwood’s terrific direction.

This new 4K UHD of “High Plains Drifter” hits shelves NOVEMBER 22, 2022. See below for a full synopsis and breakdown of the bonus features.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

Year: 1973

Rating: R

Runtime: 105

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Marianna Hill, Verna Bloom, Mitchell Ryan, Geoffrey Lewis, Jack Ging

THEY’D NEVER FORGET THE DAY HE DRIFTED INTO TOWN! From Clint Eastwood, the acclaimed director/star of The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and The Mule, comes this western masterpiece and homage to his “The Man with No Name” legend. Eastwood portrays a mysterious stranger who emerges out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the guilt-ridden town of Lago. After committing three murders in the first 20 minutes, The Stranger is hired by the town’s citizens to protect them from the three vengeful gunmen about to be released from jail.

Eastwood’s second film as a director is a tribute to his three spaghetti western classics with the great Sergio Leone, and features a strong supporting cast that includes Verna Bloom (Medium Cool), Marianna Hill (The Baby), Mitchell Ryan (The Hunting Party), Jack Ging (Play Misty for Me), Geoffrey Lewis (Every Which Way but Loose), Anthony James (In the Heat of the Night), John Hillerman (Blazing Saddles), John Quade (Breakheart Pass) and Billy Curtis (The Terror of Tiny Town). Beautifully shot in CinemaScope by Bruce Surtees (Dirty Harry) with a great screenplay by Ernest Tidyman (The French Connection) and a memorable score by Dee Barton (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot).

BONUS FEATURES:

DISC 1 (4KUHD): Brand New HDR/Dolby Vision Master – From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson | Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox | 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio | Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc | Optional English Subtitles

DISC 2 (BLU-RAY): Brand New HD Master – From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson | Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox | LADY VENGEANCE: Interview with Actress Marianna Hill | HELL TO PAY: Interview with Actor Mitchell Ryan | THE BARBER OF LAGO: Interview with Actor William O’Connell | A MAN NAMED EASTWOOD: Vintage Promo in HD | TRAILERS FROM HELL Episodes with Josh Olson & Edgar Wright | Poster and Image Gallery | TV & Radio Spot | 2 Theatrical Trailers | 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitles

8 thoughts on “New on Home Video: “High Plains Drifter” (1973) 4K UHD

  1. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film which I thought was great though I did have a few issues with it. Still, those special features can’t be beat as I would like to hear Alex Cox’s views on the film.

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