Vinegar Syndrome Labs

5 Card Stud

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This special limited edition spot gloss slipcover (designed by Tony Stella) is limited to 4,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Welcome Vinegar Syndrome Labs (VSL) to the VS Sub-Label family! As with each of our sub-labels we are hoping to expand and defy expectations with the diversity of films we restore and release. As the name implies, VSL will serve as a kind of testing area for releasing genres and eras of film that one might not immediately expect to come from VS. The ultimate objective of VSL will be to see if these types of films will find an audience, and if so, pursue and release more of them…and even if not, still serve as a means of restoring more of the weird, rare, and unusual movies you might not expect from Vinegar Syndrome.

After a player is discovered to have cheated his way to winning at a high-stakes card game, he’s sentenced to a no-trial hanging, despite the objections of fellow player, Van Morgan. Although the men responsible for the murder go unpunished, it’s not long before a cowboy-garbed killer begins stalking those involved with the crime and killing them off one by one. Is Van dispensing his own breed of outlaw justice or could another, even more vengeful assailant be responsible for the bloodshed?

A creative blend of old-fashioned Hollywood Western sensibilities with a twist-filled whodunit, acclaimed Western director Henry Hathaway’s (True Grit) unique thriller 5 CARD STUD stars Academy Award® nominee Robert Mitchum (The Night of the Hunter), Rat Pack member Dean Martin (Ocean’s 11), cult character actor Roddy McDowell (Fright Night), two time Emmy® nominee Inger Stevens, plus an early performance from future star Yaphet Kotto (Alien). Juxtaposing exciting action sequences with unexpectedly mean-spirited murders, all leading to a very giallo-esque final act, Vinegar Syndrome Labs proudly brings this unique Hollywood genre hybrid to Blu-ray for the first time, freshly restored in 4K from its 35mm camera negative!

directed by: Henry Hathaway
starring: Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens, Roddy McDowall, Yaphet Kotto
1968 / 103 min / 1.85:1 / English mono soundtrack

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original camera negative
  • Commentary track with author and film historian Brian Hannan
  • "Jack of All Trades" (21 min) - film critic Walter Chaw on the films of Henry Hathaway
  • "A Woman of True Grit" (14 min) - Lizzie Francke on screenwriter Marguerite Roberts’ legacy
  • 16-page booklet with an essay by Jim Healy
  • Reversible sleeve artwork
  • English SDH subtitles