Posted on 25 August 2009
By Andy Johnson
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Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, movie fans can experience the original film that inspired the most anticipated new action drama of the year.

Severin Films announces the July 28th release of Enzo Castellari’s INGLORIOUS BASTARDS on Blu-ray, fully restored and loaded with Bonus Features that include ‘A Conversation With Quentin Tarantino & Enzo Castellari’, a rousing career-spanning discussion that ranged from the explosive challenges of the original BASTARDS production to Tarantino’s plans for his own version.

Castellari’s 1978 international hit remains perhaps the biggest war movie in EuroCult history. Action movie icons Bo (WALKING TALL, KILL BILL) Svenson and Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson star as the leaders of a gang of condemned criminals who escape from an Allied prison convoy with a plan to blast their way to the Swiss border, only to find themselves ‘volunteering’ for a suicide mission deep inside Nazi occupied France. Academy Award® nominee Ian Bannen (FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, BRAVEHEART) co-stars in this explosive action DVD that The New York Times hails as “anything-goes action…making movies hasn’t been this much fun for a long time!” Exclusive Bonus Features on the new Blu-ray disc also include ‘Inglorious Reunion At The New Beverly’, ‘Enzo’s 70th Birthday Party In L.A.’, the 76 minute making-of documentary ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’’, an audio commentary and much more.

“If I had known that the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS would become a cult classic, I would have read the script more than once and would not have had as much fun while making the movie,” says star Bo Svenson, who also filmed a surprise cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s BASTERDS. Enzo Castellari, the Rome-based writer/director hailed as “The ‘70s Italian Drive-In God” by L.A. Weekly, also makes a crowd-pleasing appearance in Tarantino’s new film. “To have my movie become such an inspiration to Quentin is a wonderful acknowledgement of my career. I became a director because I loved American movies. With INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, that love has now come full circle.”