IT’S FINALLY TIME TO SADDLE UP!
NAVARRE CORPORATION’S BCI ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO OF THE WESTERN THAT
LAUNCHED THE CAREER OF A SUPERSTAR:
“Wanted: Dead Or Alive, Season Two”
Featuring Steve McQueen
Gunning For Release on July 17th
Los Angeles, CA â€“ BCI, a Navarre Corporation Company, proudly announces the July 17th release of the classic Western series, “Wanted: Dead Or Alive, Season Two”. The complete second season â€“ all 32 drama-filled episodes â€“ will be available on a four-DVD set for the suggested retail price of $39.98. The announcement was made today by Cliff MacMillan, Director of Acquisitions, BCI.
“We are thrilled to present the long-awaited release of the second season of this popular series,” MacMillan stated. “Besides introducing a new type of character to the Western genre, “Wanted: Dead Or Alive” also introduced a new talent that would soon become an icon: Steve McQueen.”
1958 was a watershed year for Steve McQueen (The Thomas Crown Affair, The Sand Pebbles, The Towering Inferno). It marked his transition from a role as a teen in a sci-fi movie (The Blob) to the more thoughtful, mature role as Josh Randall – bounty hunter of the Old West in “Wanted: Dead Or Alive”. His job was one associated with men who were typically coarse, cruel and careless. But Josh was an unexpected gentleman, giving half â€“ if not all â€“ of his reward money to charity. He was a silent figure, wearing on his belt the modified Winchester rifle he fondly called his “Mare’s Laig”. Such was the popularity of the program that reproductions of this rifle became collector’s items and his catch phrase, “Let’s go,” found its way into the parlance of classic Western programs.
In the second season, current and future stars would also come along for the ride: DeForest Kelley (Martin Landau (“Mission Impossible”), John Carradine (The Grapes of Wrath), Beverly Garland (“Lois & Clark”) and Claude Akins (“In The Heat Of The Night”).
“Wanted: Dead or Alive” created an anti-hero which flew in the face of the stereotypical, rough-hewn cowboy of 1950’s Westerns. It launched the career of another anti-hero, Steve McQueen. With its innovative combination of sympathetic characters and rugged adventure the drama was never more real. In “Wanted: Dead or Alive, Season Two” the exploits of Josh Randall continue, for good or bad, for better or worse, as he hunts his quarry: Dead or Alive!
“Wanted: Dead or Alive Season 2” includes the following special features:
- “The Women of Wanted Dead or Alive” documentary featurette
- English & French audio language
This release will be supported with a national television and print campaign.
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Navarre Corporation is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the Company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The Company currently provides its products to over 19,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore, BCI, and FUNimation. For more information, please visit the Company’s web site at http://www.navarre.com.
BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is a leading independent entertainment DVD and audio publisher and distributor. Working with licensors from around the world, BCI has acquired an extensive library including animation, action, sports, horror, drama and special interest programming. The BCI brand is committed to bringing the most original product to the marketplace with its innovative marketing programs, bonus features and collectible packaging. The diversity of product has led to the creation of BCI’s labels â€“ Ink & Paint (animation), International Voyage (international programming), Ronin Entertainment (film and television programming from Japan) and Deimos Entertainment (horror, cult and sci-fi films). BCI is uniquely qualified to represent a vast array of content for North American DVD distribution. For more information, please visit www.bcieclipse.com.