One of Paul Newman's classic characters is coming back to DVD and Blu-Ray this September. Cool Hand Luke is coming back to the shelves in a Deluxe Edition on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 9. The standard disc will be priced at $19.97 SRP while the Blu-Ray will be priced at $28.99 SRP. The film stars Paul Newman and George Kennedy.
Newman, who was Oscar-nominated for Best actor for his role, gives one of the most powerful performances of his career as Lucas "Luke" Jackson, a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang, who refuses to buckle under to authority, while repeatedly escaping and being recaptured. The prisoners admire Luke because of his gumption but the head of the gang hates him and tries to break him by beating him often. Ultimately Luke gains the respect of all the convicts but with each escape and return he is subjected to more and harsher punishments by the sadistic guards.
This film is considered one of the most important of the '60s, a decade in which the theme of protest against the establishment was being played out daily in real-life events. Cool Hand Luke was nominated for four Academy Awards - for Best Music Score, Best Screenplay, and in the afore-mentioned Best Actor and Supporting Actor categories.
- Commentary by noted writer and Paul Newman biographer, Eric Lax
- All new featurette: A Natural-Born World-Shaker: Making Cool Hand Luke (an in-depth look at the creation of an uncompromising classic)
- Theatrical trailer