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Alan J. Pakula's Comes a Horseman on Blu-ray in September

20 August 2019

Set in the American West during the 1940s, Comes a Horseman centres on a pair of little-guy ranchers (Jane Fonda and James Caan) who join forces against the depredations of a ruthless land baron (Jason Robards) determined to expand his empire at any cost.

In September the BFI brings Alan J Pakula’s (All the President’s Men, Sophie’s Choice) singular western to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Special features include a new audio commentary, a Guardian Interview with the director and an interview with Jane Fonda filmed at BFI Southbank in 2018.

Shot by the incomparable Gordon Willis, with music by the great Michael Small, Comes a Horseman features an indelible performance from long-time stuntman Richard Farnsworth, which garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 1978.

Comes a Horseman Blu-ray cover art

Comes a Horseman will be released on Blu-ray by the BFI on 16 September 2019 at the RRP of £19.99.

Special features:

  • Newly commissioned feature-length audio commentary by novelist and scriptwriter Scott Harrison
  • The Guardian Interview: Alan J Pakula (1986, 95 mins, audio): the director in conversation with Quentin Falk, recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1986
  • Isolated music track
  • Jane Fonda in Conversation (2018, 71 mins): interviewed by Samira Ahmed at BFI Southbank in October 2018
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Hereford Pedigree Cattle (1937, Mary Field, 10 mins): a subtly charming portrait of agricultural life in the west of England, featuring some fine pedigree cattle
  • The Grassy Shires (1944, Ralph Keene, 15 mins): a Ministry of Information film showing how cattle and dairy farms of the Midlands adapt to meet the demands of war
  • First pressing only: Illustrated booklet with new writing by Peter Tonguette, Brad Stevens and Peter Kramer and full film credits