Sunday, March 18, 2007
Apparently early March saw the long awaited release of the film that gave the great Terence Stamp his first major role, the Peter Ustinov directed Billy Budd. This great Melville adaptation, that garnered Stamp his only Oscar nomination, has been long out of print so the dvd is very welcome.
Early reviews of the disc have been good with special note going to an audio commentary featuring Stamp along with Billy Budd admirer and Limey director Steven Soderbergh.
With the release of Billy Budd, almost all of Terence Stamp's films of the sixties are available on American Dvd with the most notable omissions being Poor Cow, Far From The Madding Crowd and the elusive The Mind Of Mr. Soames. Let's hope that those three fine films hit region 1 sometime soon.
Billy Budd is available on its own or as part of the Literary Classics Collection box set.