Yesterday Robert Aldrich's unsung 1977 nuclear thriller TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING finally was officially released on disc. I was lucky to nab a VHS of it when it was long out of print, then found a ''fresh'' DVD copy at a convention from Bo Otleg Enterprises. This film stars Burt Lancaster as the leader of a four-man silo hijacking team which also includes the excellent Paul Winfield, Burt Young in Paulie mode, plus Conan the Barbarian's dad. On the opposing side are Richard Widmark, Charles Durning as the U.S. President, Melvyn Douglas, Blacula, and Cliff from CHEERS as one of the military attack team. But don't let the casting fool you. This is a damn suspenseful piece of work. Aldrich continuously uses split screen during specific moments, years before 24 or Mike Figgis's TIME CODE. The payoff to these splitscreen moments occurs at the 2/3 mark, which involve Lancaster's team under counterattack by Cliff and his sidekick, which leads to Lancaster throwing the switch to send a nuke to Russia, plus Widmark urging for permission to waste Lancaster, while the President's men all but scream at him to do pull his men back. All this happens at once on four screens, but you won't have problems with overlapping dialogue. And the conclusion ironically mirrored future history, considering that the movie is set in 1981. If you haven't seen it yet, you'll enjoy checking it out.