One of Hollywood’s most prolific directors, William A. Wellman was responsible for more than 80 features and a string of masterpieces including Wings, the first film to win the Best Picture Oscar, The Public Enemy, which made a star of James Cagney, screwball classic Nothing Sacred, the original A Star is Born and this marvellous noir-inflected Western, The Ox-Bow Incident.
Set in a small Nevada town where tensions are running high thanks to a spate of cattle rustling, things reach boiling point when cowboy Larry Kinkaid is murdered. With the sheriff out of town, the residents form a posse and head to Ox-Bow Canyon to find the three men they believe to be guilty – including Dana Andrews and Anthony Quinn in early major roles – and enact their own form of justice.
A favourite of both Clint Eastwood and star Henry Fonda, who serves as the film’s moral centre, The Ox-Bow Incident is a tough, complex picture whose uncompromising starkness continues to astound to this day.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
New 4K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Audio commentary by American West historian Dick Etulain and William Wellman Jr
Introduction by Peter Stanfield, author of Hollywood, Westerns and the 1930s: The Lost Trail and Horse Opera: The Strange History of the Singing Cowboy
Scene-select commentaries by Stanfield
Henry Fonda: Hollywood’s Quiet Hero, a 45-minute documentary on the actor from the Biography series
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Vladimir Zimakov
Fully illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by Nick Pinkerton
The Ox-Bow Incident – On Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD – July 4th