The Gunfighter (Blu-ray) Criterion


A key forerunner of the new breed of dark, brooding westerns that would soon cast a shadow over America’s frontier folklore, this subversive psychological saga sounds a death knell for the myth of the outlaw hero. In one of his most morally complex roles, Gregory Peck stars as Jimmy Ringo, an infamous gunslinger looking to hang up his holsters and start a new life, but whose reputation draws him inexorably into a cycle of violence and revenge from which he cannot escape. Directed with taut efficiency by the versatile studio-era craftsman Henry King, and shot in striking deep-focus style by master cinematographer Arthur C. Miller, The Gunfighter forgoes rough-and-tumble action in favor of an elegiac exploration of guilt and regret that speaks to the anxious soul of postwar America.

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Special Features

New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New interview about director Henry King and The Gunfighter with filmmaker, writer, and archivist Gina Telaroli
New video essay on editor Barbara McLean by film historian and author J. E. Smyth
Audio excerpts of interviews with King and McLean from 1970 and ’71
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by film critic K. Austin Collins