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The Fortune (1974) | Blu-ray release – This madcap period comedy starring Stockard Channing is ripe for rediscovery

The Fortune

Indicator’s limited Blu-ray Edition (UK premiere) of Mike Nichols’ The Fortune starring Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and Stockard Channing is out now – re-mastered and in HD

The Fortune

It has to be said that Stockard Channing really does deserve the top billing that she gets at the end of Mike Nichols' comedy of kidnap and murder as her own unforced clowning is a clear winner over the overly stylised performances of her co-stars.

Channing plays a spirited heiress who runs away with a married rogue (Warren Beatty) and also becomes involved with his embezzling friend (Jack Nicholson). However, when she discovers that their interest in her is more financial than romantic, the hapless pair start a series of bungled attempts to bump her off. The fun that follows really calls for the snappy treatment of Richard Lester or the biting wit of Billy Wilder.

A commercial failure on its initial release, this modern homage to the screwball comedy films of the 1930 is ripe for rediscovery and reappraisal.

Indicator’s limited (3000 copies) Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere) is released 22 January with the following special features… • High Definition re-master • Original mono audio • Audio commentary with critic and film historian Nick Pinkerton • Mike Nichols and Elaine May in Conversation (2006, 69 mins) • Professor Kyle Stevens on‘The Fortune’(2017, 6 mins): a new filmed appreciation by the author of Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism • Isolated Music and Effects Track • Image gallery • New and improved English subtitles • Exclusive booklet with a new essays, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits