Steve McQueen hasn’t been this hot since the 1970s.
Warner and MGM are each releasing DVD collections of his movies, while New Line has slated McQueen’s black-and-white Western TV series from 1958, “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” for debut on disc. The releases tie into the 75th anniversary of the actor’s birth and 25th anniversary of death from cancer complications at 50.
Warner’s the Essential Steve McQueen Collection on June 7 will include a two-disc edition of “Bullitt,” featuring a remastered version of the movie, audio commentary by director Peter Yates, and three documentaries. One of these docus debuts June 1 on Turner Classic Movies.
Also in the seven-disc Warner set are three films making their debut on DVD, “The Cincinnati Kid,” with audio commentary by director Norman Jewison; “Never So Few”; and one of the two films released the year he died, “Tom Horn.” The set is rounded out by two other films previously released on disc, “The Getaway” and “Papillon.”
New Line’s four-disc set of all 36 episodes from the first of three seasons of “Wanted: Dead or Alive” is expected in the same time frame. The TV series set comes with bonus features including a six-part docu about McQueen, and three colorized episodes from the series in which McQueen played gentleman bounty hunter Josh Randall.
MGM’s Steve McQueen Collection will be released May 17. It features previously released special editions of “The Great Escape” and “The Magnificent Seven” as well as “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Junior Bonner.”