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Bruce Campbell’s one-take thriller “RUNNING TIME” is dashing onto Synapse Films Blu-ray; details & art

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | Blu-ray/DVD, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The long-lost thriller stages its action in a single continuous shot–filmed more than 20 years before Sam Mendes’ 1917.

Synapse Films has announced RUNNING TIME as its first Blu-ray release (as well as DVD) through distributor MVD Entertainment Group, streeting March 16, 2021. Written and directed by Josh Becker and made (without computer assist) in 1997, the film has been out of print for over a decade, and will now be available in an all-new 2K scan and restoration of the original film negative, presented in hi-def in the original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, with the original theatrical stereo sound mix for the first time (DTS-MA 2.0 on the Blu-ray, Dolby Digital 2.0 on the DVD). According to the official synopsis, EVIL DEAD stalwart Campbell “stars as Carl, a man who launches a full-scale heist to steal mob money from the prison that just released him. With the help of an old friend [Jeremy Roberts, THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS], a driver and safecracker, Carl’s attempt to carry out the heist is fraught with incompetence and bad luck. As the clock ticks and the circumstances turn tragic, Carl is forced to make the most important decision of his life.”

The special features are:

  • Audio commentary by writer/director Josh Becker and star Bruce Campbell
  • “Run and Gun With Bruce Campbell”: All-new interview/featurette (22 mins.)
  • Q&A footage from the Freaky Film Festival Premiere at the University of Illinois
  • Original trailer
  • Reversible cover art by artists Wes Benscoter and Gerry Kissell

Retail prices are $24.95 for the Blu-ray and $19.95 for the DVD.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.