Walter Hill’s 1992 actioner TRESPASS is finally coming to Blu-Ray thanks to Shout! Factory. The release is part of their Shout! Select series, which seeks to shine a spotlight on the essentials in film and has featured such favorites as STREETS OF FIRE and CHEECH AND CHONG’S NEXT MOVIE. Shout! Factory has granted DAILY GRINDHOUSE an exclusive look at the disc’s special features. In this clip, star William Sadler discusses the inspired special effects used to create the impressive gunplay that is one of the highlights of the film.
TRESPASS is essential DAILY GRINDHOUSE: a brutally violent crime thriller written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, directed by Walter Hill, and starring Bill Paxton, William Sadler, Ice-T AND Ice Cube, with a score from Ry Cooder. The film checks all the right boxes for cult-film fanatics, particularly those coming of age in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The film has a long, sorted history. Zemeckis and Gale wrote the screenplay in the late ‘70s under the title THE LOOTERS. The script sat on the shelf for years before producer Neil Canton showed it to Walter Hill who took a shine to it. THE LOOTERS was set for a July 3rd release but delayed as the studio got gun shy after the the riots that occurred in the wake of the Rodney King verdict. The title was altered as the term “looting” had become synonymous with the aforementioned riots and it was thought to be a bad business decision.
“When we were shooting the movie, you’d say `Looters’ and everybody’d go `Loo-loo-what?’ You’d have to spell it. After the riots, everybody’s like, oh, you doin’ a movie called `Looters’ – about the riots” Ice-T explained in 1992.
The film was pushed back to Christmas of that year much to the chagrin of screenwriter Gale who facetiously asked if the tagline was going to read “Merry Christmas, Motherfuckers?”
While the film was a dud at the box office, thanks to home video and repeated showings on cable television the film developed a cult following and is regarded as a crime classic by fans of the impressive cast and crew involved.
TRESPASS comes to Blu-Ray on June 27 from Shout! Factory.