Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has pushed back the Blu-ray release of the Academy Award winning Shane to later in the summer. Specifically, the studio wants to address consumer concerns about the film’s aspect ratio. Acclaimed director George Stevens‘ classic rendition of the quintessential Western myth will now be presented completely remastered in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio. The film starred Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, and Ben Johnson. Shane will be available online and in stores beginning on August 13th.
Stevens’ legendary rendition of the quintessential Western myth earned six Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography-WINNER, Best Supporting Actor – De Wilde, Best Supporting Actor – Palance) and made Shane one of the classics of the American cinema. The story brings Shane (Ladd), a drifter and retired gunfighter, to the assistance of a homestead family terrorized by a wealthy cattleman and his hired gun. In fighting the last decisive battle, Shane sees the end of his own way of life. Mysterious, moody and atmospheric, the film is enhanced by the intense performances of its cast.
Shane was released in September of 1953 and grossed over $20 million at the box office.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has not released any additional details concerning the exact tech specs and special features that will be included with the disc.
Here is the theatrical trailer for Shane, courtesy of Classic Movie Trailers.