A reader pointed out yesterday that Peter Yates‘ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, one of the great ’70s crime films (and probably the best Boston crime movie ever made, no disrespect to The Departed), will play Friday, January 5, at the American Cinematheque’s Overlook/Underrated series at the Egyptian.
This feels like fourteenth or fifteenth goad for Paramount Home Video (or whomever owns the rights) to please stand up and fund a decent high-def remastering and release this little masterpiece on DVD, complete with audio commentary (Yates is still around — too many others have passed including star Robert Mitchum and costar Peter Boyle) and some kind of looking-back, respect-must-be-paid documentary.
Turner Classic Movies is allowing viewers to vote for the films they’d most like to see released on DVD. Eddie Coyle is ranked #36, but it needs more supporters. Turner says that they notify distributors of movies with high demand, so fans need to vote to improve its standing. Here’s the link.