Kino Lorber has announced the new 4K UHD home release of “Death Wish”. This two-disc combo pack features the film in 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-Ray. This 1974 neo-noir action-thriller sees Charles Bronson turn from straight-laced architect to lethal vigilante after his wife and daughter are victimized by a brutal crime. Directed by Michael Winner, “Death Wish” was a controversial film at the time of its release. But over the years it has become a cult classic. You can read my review of the film HERE.
This new 4K UHD of “Death Wish” hits shelves JANUARY 24, 2023. See below for a full synopsis and breakdown of the bonus features.
Runtime: 94 Minutes
Director: Michael Winner
Starring: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, William Redfield, Kathleen Tolan, Christopher Guest, Steven Keats, Chris Gampel, Stuart Margolin, Stephen Elliott, Fred J. Scollay, Jack Wallace, Jeff Goldblum
In this explosive story of revenge and urban violence, screen legend Charles Bronson (Mr. Majestyk, Breakheart Pass) plays Paul Kersey, a bleeding-heart liberal who has a change of opinion after his wife and daughter are brutally attacked by a gang of thugs in their apartment. His daughter is sexually assaulted and his wife is murdered. Bronson then turns vigilante as he stalks the mean streets of New York on the prowl for muggers, hoodlums and the like.
Another classic collaboration between Bronson and director Michael Winner (Chato’s Land, The Mechanic, The Stone Killer), Death Wish is a violent, controversial film that is frank and original in its treatment of urban crime and the average citizen’s helplessness in dealing with it. Jazz great Herbie Hancock (Colors) wrote the musical score. Vincent Gardenia (Death Wish II), Steven Keats (The Friends of Eddie Coyle), Stuart Margolin (TV’s The Rockford Files), Stephen Elliott (Beverly Hills Cop) and Hope Lange (Blue Velvet) co-star. And watch for Jeff Goldblum (The Fly) in his film debut as one of the thugs.
DISC 1 (4KUHD): Brand New 2022 HDR/Dolby Vision Master – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Paul Talbot, the Author of the BRONSON’S LOOSE! Books | 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio | Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc | Optional English Subtitles /
DISC 2 (BLU-RAY): Brand New 2022 HD Master – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative | NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Paul Talbot, the Author of the BRONSON’S LOOSE! Books | Interview with Actor John Herzfeld | US and UK Radio Spots | TV Spot | Theatrical Trailer (Remastered in 2K) | 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio | Dual-Layered BD50 Disc | Optional English Subtitlesthe following special features:
A very odd man was Michael Winner, but this and Hannibal Brooks I liked.
Indeed. It was fun revisiting it. I was surprised by how much I had forgotten. Great to have it on 4K.
Once seen, never forgotten. Love that last shot. Omigosh look at Jeff Goldblum, never realized until now he is one of the thugs.
Yep! Goldblum appears early as “Freak #1” LOL
Oh, I want that 4K Blu-Ray. I just purchased a 4K Blu-Ray of Reservoir Dogs for nearly $15 at Barnes & Noble (it was on sale and I’m a B&N member) a few days ago.
Nice! You need to add this one. Really good commentary track also.
Hope they get the entire series. Notably the third film as I love the moment where Bronson saw his car being jacked and killed the thugs just like that and went back to eating dinner. Fucking love Charles Bronson.