Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced its June line-up of new-to-Blu-ray film catalog releases this past week … three in all.
Up first is the June 6 Blu-ray debut of director Sam Peckinpah’s 1970 end-of-an-era Western, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, starring Jason Robards as the proud owner of a watering hole. If Peckinpah’s masterpiece Western, The Wild Bunch, signaled the end of an era — the ending of the “wild” frontier and the Western as a uniquely American film genre — The Ballad of Cable Hogue was the epitaph.
Not Peckinpah’s best film work, but an interesting character study nonetheless. Robards shines in this bittersweet tale of a man struggling to survive, finding everything — including the love of his life (Stella Stevens) — and then is ironically killed by “progress” on the day that everything comes together.
Also on the new-to-Blu-ray release list from Warner Bros. are writer/director Chuck Bail’s 1976 road racing comedy, The Gumball Rally (June 13) and filmmaker Sidney Lumet’s 1988 film release of Running on Empty (June 27).