OLIVE: New Signature Series Begins with High Noon and Johnny Guitar

Boasting 'pristine audio and video...and an abundance of exciting bonus material,' Olive Films has announced the first two titles in their new Criterion-esque Signature series: the 1952 Gary Cooper Western High Noon and 1954's Johnny Guitar.

Both were originally released by Olive in 2012 but will be receiving new 4K restorations. Bonus features to the DVD and Blu-Ray are below.

High Noon and Johnny Guitar will be available on September 20th.

High Noon

The myth and poetry of the old west come alive in Fred Zinnemann's classic western, High Noon (1952). One of the great treasures of the American cinema, the film stars the legendary Gary Cooper as lawman Will Kane, a marshal who stands alone to defend a town of cowardly citizens against a gang of killers out for revenge. Engaged in the fight of his lifetime, Kane stands to lose everything when the clock strikes noon - his friends, his honor, and his Quaker bride, played by Grace Kelly in one of her first screen roles. Unfolding in real time, the tension builds as we race ever closer to the climactic duel from which the film takes its name.

For his career-defining role, Cooper would go on to win the Oscar for Best Actor. High Noon's stellar cast also includes Lloyd Bridges, Thomas Mitchell, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney, Henry Morgan, Jack Elam and Lee Van Clef. High Noon won a total four Academy Awards including Best Editing, Best Score and Best Song, 'Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin',' written by Tiomkin and Ned Washington and sung by Tex Ritter. High Noon also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.


  • Mastered from new 4K restoration
  • 'A Ticking Clock' - Academy Award nominee Mark Goldblatt on the editing of High Noon
  • 'A Stanley Kramer Production' - Michael Schlesinger on the eminent producer of High Noon
  • 'Imitation of Life: The Blacklist History of High Noon' - with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
  • 'Ulcers and Oscars: The Production History of High Noon' - a visual essay with rarely seen archival elements, narrated by Anton Yelchin
  • 'Uncitizened Kane' - an original essay by Sight & Sound editor Nick James
  • Theatrical trailer

Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar stars Oscar winner Joan Crawford as Vienna, a saloon owner with a sordid past. Persecuted by the townspeople, Vienna must protect her life and property when a lynch mob led by her sexually repressed rival, Emma Small (Oscar winner Mercedes McCambridge), attempts to frame her for a string of robberies she did not commit. Enter Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden), a guitar-strumming ex-gunfighter, who once was - and perhaps still is - in love with Vienna.

With the leads at their operatic best, the table is now set for an epic showdown in this one-of-a-kind western from director Nicholas Ray. A bizarrely veiled allegory for the McCarthy-era Red Scare, Johnny Guitar was misunderstood upon its initial release. One of the most original takes on the western genre - the women are far tougher than the men - Johnny Guitar is praised by fans, filmmakers, and critics alike as groundbreaking. 

Boasting superb supporting performances, Johnny Guitar features Ernest Borgnine, Scott Brady, Ward Bond, Paul Fix, Royal Dano and John Carradine. Notably, Johnny Guitar's indelible title song was a collaboration between the Academy Award-winning composer Victor Young, and co-writer and songstress Peggy Lee.


  • Mastered from new 4K restoration
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese
  • Audio commentary with historian and critic Geoff Andrew
  • 'Tell Us She Was One of You: The Blacklist History of Johnny Guitar' - with historian Larry Ceplair and blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein
  • 'Is Johnny Guitar a Feminist Western?: Questioning the Canon' - with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
  • 'Free Republic: The Story of Herb Yates and Republic studios' - with archivist Marc Wanamaker
  • A critical appreciation of Nicholas Ray with critics Miriam Bale, Kent Jones, Joe McElhaney and B. Ruby Rich
  • 'My Friend, the American Friend' - Nicholas Ray biographical piece with Tom Farrell
  • 'Johnny Guitar: The First Existential Western' - an original essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Theatrical Trailer