The good folks at Shout! Factory have been on a role here lately! Their recent re-releasing of Roger Corman’s work has been greatly appreciated amidst cult film fans throughout the world, and it doesn’t seem that they are stopping any time soon. Soon to come to DVD is the Steve Carter directed, and Corman produced, bio pic about the life of notorious gangster Al Capone. Featuring Ben Gazzara (Road House, The Big Lebowski) as the titular crime boss with Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) playing his nemesis, Frank Nitti. Also within the cast we have John Cassavetes (Rosemary’s Baby) and Harry Guardino (Dirty Harry) amongst others.
As a lover of crime films as well as the Al Capone mythos, I’ll of course be searching this one out. For more information on the project, continue reading after the bump for the full press release!
IN STORES MARCH 29 Shout! Factory will release Capone, the legendary cult biopic of the world’s most infamous gangster, Al Capone, on DVD March 29. This will mark the first time that the long-sought-after 1975 film has ever been released on DVD in the United States.
Ben Gazzara (Road House, The Big Lebowski) is Al Capone, immersed in the bustling bootlegging underbelly of the 1920s. He’s surrounded by a gritty ensemble cast featuring Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) as archcriminal Frank Nitti, John Cassavetes (Rosemary’s Baby) as New York gang lord Frankie Yale, Susan Blakely as Capone’s flapper love interest Iris Crawford and Harry Guardino (Dirty Harry) as Chicago crime boss Johnny Torrio.
Produced by Roger Corman, this feverishly paced and stylistic crime drama in the spirit of The Godfather and a precursor to Goodfellas holds no punches when it comes to portraying the violence and brutality that came with the territory and the times. Capone tells the story of the man’s life from his ’hood roots in New York to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and “king of racketeering” reign in Chicago, to the end of his days in Florida.
Bonus features include a commentary by Director Steve Carver, and original theatrical trailers.