WEIRDLAND: Boxing Films: Bleed for This (Miles Teller), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Robert Montgomery)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Boxing Films: Bleed for This (Miles Teller), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Robert Montgomery)

Bleed for This, Miles Teller's boxer biopic, has received a fall release date via Open Road. The Ben Younger-directed feature will have a limited release on Nov. 4, after which it will go wide on Nov. 23. On its wide release date, Bleed for This will be getting in the ring with three other titles over the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be going toe-to-toe with Disney animated pic Moana, Brad Pitt's WWII drama Allied and Billy Bob Thornton holiday film Bad Santa 2.

Bleed for This tells the true story of boxer Vinny Pazienza, who won two world title fights only to be taken down in the prime of his career by a car accident that injured his spine. Trainer Kevin Rooney (played by Aaron Eckhart) works with Vinny to not only get him to walk again, but get him back in the ring. Source:

New Criterion Blu-Ray Release on 14 Jun 2016: A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to Earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) financier—whose soul could use a transplant. Nominated for seven Oscars (it won two) and the inspiration for a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes, Alexander Hall’s effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection.

-New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
-New conversation between critic Michael Sragow and filmmaker/distributor Michael Schlesinger
-Audio interview from 1991 in which actor Elizabeth Montgomery discusses her father, actor Robert Montgomery
-Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Here Comes Mr. Jordan from 1942 starring Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, and James Gleason
-PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

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