Well, as the person who asked this same question at the last Warner chat, I can tell you that there are no plans for a SE. But I think it'll likely happen in '07 for the 30th anniversary. Just a guess.
Yeah, I thought I remembered the question being asked about at the last chat. I was shocked that there were no plans. This is certainly a classic, and WB has yet to do a Paul Newman doc on a DVD if I remember correctly. Not an AFI Top 100 film, but it had to have come close, and Luke made #30 on AFI's 50 Heroes list. It's also definitely got some of the classics lines and moments in film history. Easily worthy of a 2-disc. I'd buy it in an instant.
Warner will be releasing a Paul Newman boxset later this year and I would be shocked if this title isn't a 2-disc SE in that upcoming boxset. Even though he has played several great film characters, this role was Newman's signature one.
No pressure, Beth! I'll have a look for it myself. Anyway, I'm just glad that a SE is on the way, as I see this movie as one of the first examples of great 'modern color cinematography' along with The Graduate (1967, Robert Surtees) and The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968, David Watkin). The dusk scenes are incredibly beautiful. Conrad Hall almost single-handedly advanced the art of cinematography in Hollywood. It's a shame that he is no longer with us, as his participation in this DVD would have been essential.
I remember Connie Hall saying on the Butch Cassidy commentary (and I am sure that Crawdaddy would remember being right next to him ), that he was shooting the part when Luke and the other prisoners were coming out of the van newly arrived at the prison. Warners made him shoot the scene five times because they said "they paid for Paul Newman's baby blue eyes, so they wanted Newman's baby blue eyes".