27.01.2016 | New documentaries on Frank Perry’s »Doc« and Bob Rafelson’s »Black Widow«

Independent British distributors Signal One Entertainment have just announced two blu-ray releases that will feature a string of brand-new Fiction Factory productions.


Frank Perry’s DOC (1971) is set in 1881 and begins with Doc Holliday entering the ‘No Name Saloon’ and challenging a man to a game of poker. He bets his horse for the opponent’s wife, the whore Katie Elder, and wins. From then on, Elder goes wherever Doc goes. When they arrive in Tombstone, Sheriff Wyatt Earp is standing as a candidate in the local election, but hostilities erupt and the Clanton family, a gang of outlaw cowboys, make their opposition felt. Doc soon joins forces with Earp and his brothers to take on the Clanton gang. This gritty, revisionist take on the true story of the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral stars Stacy Keach as Doc Holliday and Faye Dunaway as Kate Elder, and features music by the legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb (Wichita Lineman). Signal One’s blu-ray of DOC (street date: 29 February) will feature these two Fiction Factory features: TRUTH BE TOLD: STACY KEACH ON FRANK PERRY’S »DOC« (20 min), and OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM: ALAN HEIM ON EDITING FRANK PERRY’S »DOC« (25 min).


In Bob Rafelson’s BLACK WIDOW (1987), FBI investigator Alexandra Barnes (Debra Winger) becomes obsessed with proving glamorous socialite Catharine Petersen (Theresa Russell) is a murderess, responsible for the deaths of several millionaires who died suspiciously soon after marrying. Believing her to have assumed a new identity each time, Agent Barnes sets out to prove her suspicions, but finds that she too is falling under the spell of her seductive suspect. This stylish thriller from director Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces, The Postman Always Rings Twice) features brilliant performances by two of Hollywood’s most exciting actresses, and stunning cinematography by the legendary Conrad L. Hall (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man), who returned to make Black Widow after a ten-year absence from film-making. Signal One’s blu-ray of BLACK WIDOW (street date: 7 March) will feature these two Fiction Factory features: THE PREDATOR AND HER PREY: RON BASS ON WRITING »BLACK WIDOW« (27 min), and BRIGHT COLORS, DEEP BLACKS: CONRAD L. HALL AND THE VISUAL STYLE OF »BLACK WIDOW« (29 min).

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