Criterion Collection is currently working on a DVD release of the 1980 spy caper comedy Hopscotch starring Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson and Ned Beatty.
Miles Kendig knows too much. One of the CIA’s top international operatives, he suddenly finds himself relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, Kendig, with the aid of a chic Viennese widow, puts himself back in the fame by writing a memoir exposing the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. The CIA wants Kendig dead, but he refuses to cooperate – he’s having too much fun. Based on Brian Garfield’s best-selling novel, and starring the inimitable comic team of Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson, Ronald Neame’s Hopscotch is a smart and stylish tale of international intrigue and a cat-and-mouse comedy.
The film has been a bit controversial because of its excessive cussing dialogue, which was regularly bleeped out during broadcasts. But now Criterion will bring the film back to its original glory and release an uncensored DVD version on August 20, although a toned-down, more family-friendly version of the film will be supplied as an alternate audio track.
“Hopscotch” will be in stores on August 20 and carry a suggested retail price of $29.95. You can preorder the disc in the DVD Review Store for only $19.47, which may make the excessive price point a bit more tolerable, given that the release will contain no extras other than trailers and an introduction.