Shout Made Mine! The Glengarry Glen Ross/A Midnight Clear Edition

Shout! Factory’s Shout Select imprint is releasing some great titles but MMC! is particularly interested in a pair of recent announcements – James Foley’s Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and Keith Gordon’s A Midnight Clear (1992). Longtime MMC! readers may recall Criterion Collection proposals for A Midnight Clear in 2013 and Glengarry Glen Ross in 2016. In fairness to this blog, both proposals predated the launch of Shout Select in August 2016, and so we’ll claim innocence for getting the label wrong. (In fairness again, our Glengarry Glen Ross post even notes the connection between Westchester Films and Shout! Factory!)

Neither of these Shout Select announcements provide any details on their respective special features, simply providing the product note: “Extras in progress and will be announced at a later date.” The release for A Midnight Clear should pick up the existing commentary by Keith Gordon and Ethan Hawke, the A Winter’s War “making of” documentary, and the film’s deleted scenes. The previous DVD edition of Glengarry Glen Ross offered plenty of extra content including the ABC: Always Be Closing documentary, an audio commentary with James Foley, scenes with bonus commentaries, a tribute to Jack Lemmon, a short film, Kevin Spacey on Inside the Actor’s Studio, Jack Lemmon on The Charlie Rose Show, and interviews. Given the issues with Spacey and Rose that have since come to light, it’ll be interesting to see whether that content makes their way to the Shout Select release.

And, twice more, you’re welcome.

A Midnight Clear (Keith Gordon, 1992)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents A Midnight Clear.

criterion logoSix inexperienced American soldiers are assigned to make camp at an abandoned château in the Ardennes forest in December 1944.  Their assignment is to monitor German activity in the area and provide early notice of an expected Nazi push through the region, but a troop of weary German soldiers hoping to surrender and survive the war causes the young Americans to reassess their assignment with tragic results.  Adapting William Wharton’s novel, Keith Gordon’s A Midnight Clear is a literate, anti-war fable and an unrecognized achievement in 1990s cinema, boasting a stellar cast including Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise and Peter Berg.

Disc Features:

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Keith Gordon, with DTS-HD Master Audio surround soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Gordon and actor Ethan Hawke
  • A Winter’s War, Gordon’s 50 minute documentary on the making of A Midnight Clear
  • New interviews with actors Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, Keving Dillon, Arye Gross, Frank Whaley and John C. McGinley
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS:  A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

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