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‘Picnic’ (Eureka Classics) on Blu-ray – February 2019!

Picnic is a portrait of the desires and frustrations simmering under the surface on an ordinary Labor Day in a small Kansas town. Starring William Holden in one of his most iconic roles, and Kim Novak in the performance that made her a star, the film is one of the most fondly remembered American classics of that decade, adapted by director Joshua Logan from his own Broadway production (which won a Pulitzer for playwright William Inge).  Drifter Hal (Holden) returns to his hometown, unemployed and with his college football glory days long behind him. Reunited with his old friend Alan (Cliff Robertson), Hal soon becomes acquainted with the Owens sisters, beautiful Madge (Novak) and budding poetess Millie (Susan Strasberg), along with the Owens family’s boarder, schoolteacher Rosemary (Rosalind Russell). While Millie longs for Hal, his affections turn to Madge, and at the holiday picnic, passions ignite, jealousies erupt, accusations and rage explode, and Hal and Madge must decide if they can escape their small, stifling hometown. 

 

One of the defining landmark films of 1950s Hollywood starring William Holden and Kim Novak

 

 

Picnic is a portrait of the desires and frustrations simmering under the surface on an ordinary Labor Day in a small Kansas town. Starring William Holden in one of his most iconic roles, and Kim Novak in the performance that made her a star, the film is one of the most fondly remembered American classics of that decade, adapted by director Joshua Logan from his own Broadway production (which won a Pulitzer for playwright William Inge).

Drifter Hal (Holden) returns to his hometown, unemployed and with his college football glory days long behind him. Reunited with his old friend Alan (Cliff Robertson), Hal soon becomes acquainted with the Owens sisters, beautiful Madge (Novak) and budding poetess Millie (Susan Strasberg), along with the Owens family’s boarder, schoolteacher Rosemary (Rosalind Russell). While Millie longs for Hal, his affections turn to Madge, and at the holiday picnic, passions ignite, jealousies erupt, accusations and rage explode, and Hal and Madge must decide if they can escape their small, stifling hometown.

While its examination of middle American mores may seem quaint today, Picnic’s torrid romances, erotically charged dancing, and Holden’s torn shirt were considered bold and risqué in the conservative 50s, although now it can be viewed as an honest and moving study of a long-gone era. Featuring stunning Cinemascope photography by the legendary James Wong Howe, this much-beloved Oscar-winner is a grand, unforgettable 1950s American milestone, and is presented here on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL DUAL FEATURES

  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 or LPCM 2.0 audio options
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Kim Novak s Hollywood Picnic [18 mins] an archival interview with the actress conducted by screenwriter and journalist, Stephen Rebello
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • PLUS: A Collector s booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Travis Crawford

 

DETAILS:

Label:Eureka!

Title|PICNIC (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray

Starring|WILLIAM HOLDEN | KIM NOVAK | CLIFF ROBERTSON

Director|JOSHUA LOGAN

Blu-ray Cat. No.|EKA70331

Blu-ray Barcode|5060000703313

Blu-ray RRP |£17.99

Release Date|18 February 2019

Certificate|U

Run Time|115 minutes

OAR|2.55:1

Picture|Colour

Genre|Drama / Romance

Year|1956

Country|USA

Language|ENGLISH

Subtitles|ENGLISH SDH (Optional)

 

Picnic is released on Blu-ray in the UK

on February 18, 2019!

 

ORDER NOW!

 

 

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