I never pass up a chance to reproduce Anselmo Ballester’s magnificent Italian poster for Fritz Lang’s “The Big Heat,” and the film’s appearance as an excellent new Blu-ray from our friends at Twilight Time seems as fine as excuse as they come. It’s a limited edition (3,000 copies) available only over the net, so if you have any afection at all for this film, I wouldn’t hesitate — at $29.95, it’s a (big) steal.
I’ve reformulated my thoughts about it for this week’s New York Times column, accompanied at no extra charge by a quick look at Phil Karlson’s thematically similar but politically displaced “Walking Tall” of 1973. Paramount has licensed the title to Shout! Factory, which has packaged the film with its two sequels (Earl Bellamy’s 1975 “Walking Tall Part II” and Jack Starrett’s 1977 “Final Chapter: Walking Tall”) in a nice set, available in both standard def and Blu-ray editions.