Set in 2019 THE RUNNING MAN is released for the first time on Blu-ray (in 2019!) and on DVD from the HD Master.
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky from Starsky and Hutch) THE RUNNING MAN stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards the “runner” playing in the top rated reality TV show for the prize of his life – his actual life.
THE RUNNING MAN is loosely based on the 1982 novel of the same name written by Richard Bachman a.k.a. Stephen King (“loosely” being the operative word as King once wrote that the literary Ben Richards played by Schwarzenegger was, “as far away from the Arnold Schwarzenegger character in the movie as you can get.”)
Writer Steven E. de Souza correctly predicted the reality show obsession of 2019 as I for one would definitely pay to see a fight between Arnold Schwarzenegger and the “Stalkers” who hunt him down in THE RUNNING MAN – Jim Brown (Fireball) was one of the greatest players in NFL history, Jesse Ventura (Captain Freedom) was a professional wrestler and became elected governor of Minnesota 1999-2003, Erland Van Lidth (Dynamo) a wrestler and operatic bass-baritone and Professor Toru Tanaka (Subzero) a professional wrestler and boxer.
TV show American Gladiator was sold to the network by showing clips from THE RUNNING MAN, the producer said “We’re doing exactly this — except the murdering part.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Ben Richards falsely imprisoned by the totalitarian state. It’s now 2019 and Richards is made to perform on top-rated game show, The Running Man which pits convicted criminals called ‘runners’ against gladiator-esque ‘stalkers’. If he defeats all of these brutal killers, Richards can choose one of three prizes: a trial by jury, a suspended sentence, or a full pardon—prizes that no contestant has ever won.
Fabulous Films will be releasing THE RUNNING MAN on DVD and Blu-ray on 24th June 2019 and will feature the following extras:
- Audio Commentary with Producer Tim Zinnemann and Director Paul M. Glaser,
- Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Rob Cohen , Lockdown on Mainstreet / Game
- Theory / Trailer.
- Subtitles on DVD and Blu-ray.