by | Dec 20, 2023

Several years ago I was honored to work on Paramount’s Blu-ray release of THE LAST CASTLE, a project that included a new interview with director Rod Lurie and the discovery and presentation of the film’s original ending. I am thrilled to announce Kino Lorber has licensed the film for a new 4k release that will include all the special features I did on the Paramount release and more. Street date is 1/23/24 and you can pre-order HERE. Details below.

The alternate ending was a special treat, as I got the opportunity to assemble a scene that had not been touched since the day it was shot. The short story: THE LAST CASTLE landed right after 9/11 happened, and the studio had to scrap their marketing campaign in effort to be sensitive to the current national climate. The decision was also made to shelve the intended final sequence in the film, which was to be a military funeral for the main character (played by Robert Redford), that the studio felt was too heavy handed while the country was dealing with the aftermath of the terror attacks. All this came to light when I met and interviewed Rod Lurie, which led to me approaching the archive team about that footage. What was discovered was everything on the day, so all the takes of all intended shots, along with the audio. Originally I was just going to use a couple clips from the ending in the Lurie interview piece, but it occured to me that it might be worth a shot to assemble the thing, so I did. Marketing and legal (surprisingly) passed it, and it is on the disc! A tremendous honor and a lot of fun to put together.

Here are the details on THE LAST CASTLE from Kino…

Explosive star-power meets spectacular action when Robert Redford (3 Days of the Condor) goes up against James Gandolfini (TV’s The Sopranos) in this powerhouse action-thriller. His service to his country made him a hero. But one mistake made him a prisoner. For General Eugene Irwin (Redford), it’s just a matter of serving out his sentence—until he makes the shocking discovery that his fellow inmates are being murdered. Now, Irwin is taking command one last time—and unifying the inmates in a desperate battle to overcome a brutally corrupt system and show the world the truth. Directed by Rod Lurie (The Contender), The Last Castle crackles with action, drama and a top-notch cast that includes Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Infinity War), Paul Calderon (King of New York), Clifton Collins Jr. (187), Robin Wright (Unbreakable) and Delroy Lindo (Get Shorty).


  • Brand New HDR/Dolby Vision Master by Paramount – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rod Lurie
  • Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
  • 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
  • Optional English Subtitles


  • Brand New HD Master by Paramount Pictures – From a 4K Scan of the 35mm Original Camera Negative
  • Audio Commentary by Director Rod Lurie
  • Rod Lurie on The Last Castle: Featurette (10:35)
  • 9 Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentaries by Rod Lurie (14:29)
  • HBO First Look – Inside the Walls of The Last Castle: Featurette (15:01)
  • A Hero’s Farewell – A Discussion on the Alternate Ending: Featurette (2:45)
  • Theatrical Trailer (2:24)
  • Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
  • 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
  • Optional English Subtitles

Publish Date : 2024-01-23


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