Warner Home Video has added Clint Eastwood’s overlooked gem Gran Torino to their June line-up, bringing the film to DVD and Blu-Ray Disc.
Korean War veteran and retired autoworker Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) doesn’t much like how his life or his neighborhood has turned out. He especially doesn’t like the people next door, Hmong immigrants from Southeast Asia. But events force Walt to defend those neighbors against a local gang that feeds on violence and fear. For the first time since “Million Dollar Baby,” Clint Eastwood works on both sides of the camera, winning the National Board of Review Award as Best Actor for his bone-deep playing of Kowalski, burnished with experience, grace and gravitas into a “prime vintage Eastwood performance.”
The DVD version will offer a widescreen transfer of the film with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. As extras the release contains the Featurette ”Manning The Wheel” taking a look at the meaning of manhood as reflected in American car culture. Also included is the Featurette ”More Than a Car”, in which you will visit Detroit and the Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual vintage car event where buffs describe the unique bond between amen and vehicles.
The Blu-Ray version will arrive on 2 discs, containing a high definition version of the film as well as the DVD version. Presented in 1080p high definition with Dolby Digital 5.1 TrueHD, the release will include the same extras as the DVD version, though in high definition format throughout. ”The Eastwood Way” is a bonus feature exclusive to Blu-Ray. It is a Featurette exploring the filmmaker’s process up close. Also included is a BD Live feature giving you access to additional materials hosted on the internet.
“Gran Torino” arrives on June 9 for for $28.98 on DVD and $39.99 on Blu-Ray Disc.