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Paul Newman Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Updated on October 18, 2014
Paul Newman Movies
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Action and Adventure Blu-ray Movies Starring Paul Newman

As I write this, Paul Newman's blu-ray movies number just five. I read somewhere that Paul Newman made 60 movies in his lifetime so that leaves quite a few to come, that is if they are eventually transferred to blu-ray. Many of Mr. Newman's works are older films and, therefore, not what you might consider blu-ray material. However, as blu-ray technology continues to gain ground in sales, it will have to welcome both the best blu-ray movies of the current times and the classic movies on blu-ray.

Many of the films that Paul Newman made during his career are great movies, award-winning classics like Somebody Up There Likes Me; The Long, Hot Summer; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; The Young Philadelphians; Exodus; The Hustler; Hud; Hombre; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; The Sting; The Verdict; The Color of Money; The Road to Perdition and Cars. This page will introduce you to the four Paul Newman blu-ray movies that are available on September 20th, 2009. Can you guess which ones they are?

You will also find links to more reading about and reviews of Paul Newman's blu-ray movies as well as links for buying them from Amazon. I have also included some information about the Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection which, unfortunately, is not available on blu-ray. You will also find a wee debate about whether you think that all movies should be released on blu-ray. I would love to hear what you have to say in that regard. Whether you were thrilled or disappointed with Paul Newman on blu-ray, please take a minute to let everyone reading this page know what you think about his movies, blu-ray or otherwise.

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Cool Hand Luke Blu-ray (1967)

Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke | Source

In 1967 in the Chicago Sun-Times legendary critic Roger Ebert said, Cool Hand Luke is "A Tough, Honest Film with Backbone."

Paul Newman Just Bugs The Establishment As Cool Hand Luke "What we've got here is a failure to communicate.'

Cool Hand Luke won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Kennedy). Paul Newman was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman) and the film was also nominated for Best Music, Original Music Score and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Oscars.

Definitely one of the most memorable performances of Paul Newman's career, I often see Cool Hand Luke quoted on lists of Top 10 movies. It is the story of a rebel against the institution with moments in it that have, over the years, become classics.

Amazon Customer Review:

"My favorite movie of all time," says Stan. He goes on to explain that he watched it when he was twelve, he taped it later on and watched it 50 times in a few years. He asks what is it in Cool Hand Luke that is so moving? He answers, "Paul Newman's performance. Lucas Jackson is one of the most psychologically complex characters in the history of cinema, and Newman, criminally denied the Oscar for this film, makes him seem larger-than-life without saying much." -- Stan of Portland, Oregon

Cool Hand Luke CD Music Soundtrack by Lalo Schifrin 2001

Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke

This music score by Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin was nominated for an Oscar in 1967. He combines bluegrass, symphonic and rhythmic jazz into a music CD soundtrack that is full of “surprising twists and turns, crackling with energy.”

 

Cool Hand Luke CD Music Score by Lalo Schifrin 1999

Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke

“This is one of the finest film scores ever. What is on this disc is one of Lalo Schifrin's most creative scores." This is the music but NOT the soundtrack as it does not contain the lyrics heard in the movie. If you want to hear Paul Newman singing Plastic Jesus or the road crew singing to Luke as he re-digs the Boss' hole you will want to purchase the first CD, made in 2001.

 

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

"This film is of course an absolute classic, and even somewhat steps out of the boundaries of the traditional Western." -- High-Def Disc News

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (

You never met a pair like Butch and the Kid. They're taking trains, they're taking banks and they're taking one piece of baggage! Butch Cassidy was played by Paul Newman and Sundance was played by Robert Redford.

This classic Paul Newman movie may just be one of the most popular westerns ever made. It won an Academy Award and is a combined adventure, romance and comedy story which tells the true story of two of the Wild West's outlaws. Butch Cassidy (played by Newman) is quick to come up with get rich quick schemes and Sundance (played by Robert Redford) is quite phenomenal with a gun. Together they are bank and train robbers until they get tired of running from the law and head for Bolivia with Sundance's girlfriend (played by Katherine Ross). They are two nicest bad-guys in the West.

Amazon Customer Review:

Mr. Gendzel's review highly recommended this movie for the whole family. He said, "The film looks sharp in Blu-ray's 1080p resolution, even in the sepia tones shot for some of the scenes." The blu-ray disc has worthwile extras and featurettes and a Director's commentary. "All in all, a fun film, well worth getting on Blu-ray." -- Jack Gendzel 'Rock Fan, in Marblehead, United States

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Movie CD Soundtrack

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Original Soundtrack)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Original Soundtrack)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid won an Academy Award for Best Music and some consider this soundtrack amongst Burt Bacharach's best composing with fabulous, rich music. People find the North American-style music extremely enjoyable. Available on CD today it was, of course, first issued on LP.

 
The Towering Inferno
The Towering Inferno | Source

The Towering Inferno Won Two Academy Awards ~~ Cinematography and Film Editing.

The Towering Inferno Blu-ray (1974)

Starring Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden and Faye Dunaway

AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW:

"When I bought my blu-ray player and high def t.v. there were a number of titles in my dvd collection that were prime candidates for getting the blu-ray treatment. THE TOWERING INFERNO was at the top of the list and I'm happy to report they did a stellar job. For instance, little bits of dialogue never understood before are now clearly audible. In addition, the intricate design/pattern of many of the costumes are now eye poppingly clear.

If I had to choose one scene that shows off the blue ray transfer best, it's the scene where Paul Newman, Jennifer Jones and the two kids take turns climbing down the busted staircase railing. A total audio/visual experience. For instance water from a pipe busted in the explosion is raining down on them and the nearby exposed brick wall. The sound of the water is sooooooooooo realistically clear and sharp you'll check to see if its raining in your living room.

If you like classic action flicks on blu-ray this an absolute must for your collection. ~~ Chris P. Decostanza

The Towering Inferno Blu-ray Reviews & More

The Towering Inferno Blu-ray Gets Detailed

This BD contains a large number of special features that will definitely make it worth upgrading your DVD. Follow this link for all the special feature information.

The Towering Inferno Blu-ray

Another treasure from 20th Century Fox's massive and largely impressive vault, The Towering Inferno sets Blu-ray ablaze with a presentation sure to satisfy all audiences. Boasting a strong 1080p transfer, a suitably good lossless soundtrack, and a wealth of bonus materials that run the gamut of the film's production, The Towering Inferno is a disc well worth warming up to. Highly recommended.

The Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The film was adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson, and was directed by John Guillermin, with Allen himself directing the action sequences.

Super Speedway and Disney Pixar Cars

You will hear Paul Newman's voice on these two films - Super Speedway and Disney Pixar Cars. Paul Newman narrated on Super Speedway and played the voice of Doc Hudson in Cars.

Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection

Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection
Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection | Source

Movies in the Paul Newman: The Tribute Collection

  1. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
  2. Rally 'round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
  3. From the Terrace (1960)
  4. Exodus (1960)
  5. The Hustler (1961)
  6. Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
  7. What a Way to Go
  8. Hombre (1967)
  9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  10. Towering Inferno (1974
  11. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976
  12. Quintet (1979)
  13. The Verdict (1982)

I was excited to see this collection but disappointed that it was not released on blu-ray disc. Even more concerning are the Amazon customer complains about the packaging of this set, which leaves the discs open to being damaged. The set contains 17 discs with a total of 13 Paul Newman films and an interesting coffee table book that follows his life in Hollywood. It would have been a beautiful gift item for a fan of Newman and classic movies but beware of potential issues with this item.

TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Paul Newman

This set includes four movies, as follows and retails for less than $20.

  • The Mackintosh Man
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Harper

The Paul Newman Collection

Another option is The Paul Newman Collection, which includes seven movies:

  • Harper
  • The Drowning Pool
  • The Left-Handed Gun
  • The Mackintosh Man
  • Pocket Money
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • The Young Philadelphians

What is your favourite Paul Newman movie?

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I agree - The Sting was great. I like how he has given so much to charity too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My all time favorite Paul Newman movie is still the Sting even though he was great in everything he did.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great stuff. There are a lot of DVD release dates for Paul Newman's stuff (such s found on this site: http://www.dvd-release-dates.net/

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      jolou 9 years ago

      Really great lens. He was a wonderful actor. I loved many of his movies, but Butch Cassidy is my favorite.

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      Ruth Coffee 9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I love Paul Newman. He was charming and "hot". (that says a lot, because generally speaking I perfer men with dark hair etc. but I do make occasional exceptions!)

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