Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a first rate comedy headlined by Steve Martin and Michael Caine, is hitting Blu-ray in a collector’s edition set on January 22 via Shout! Factory. The remastered feature (taken from a 2K scan of the film) centers on two rival con men (Caine, Martin) who attempt to take $50,000 from a heiress (late actress Glenne Headly).The first person to complete the operation gets to stay in the south of France, while the loser leaves town!
Frank Oz, who worked with Martin in 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors, directed the picture, which in turn was a remake of the Marlon Brando and David Niven comedy Bedtime Story. Coincidentally, Oz would later director Brando in the 2001 feature The Score.
Special features on the disc includes a new interview with scribe Dale Launer, a behind the scenes featurette, and audio commentary from Oz.
A Star Is Born, which received 9 Critics’ Choice nods (including Best Picture), hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD February 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The narrative, directed by Bradley Cooper, centers on a successful music artist named Jack (Cooper) who finds a kindred soul in Ally (Lady Gaga). As Ally’s “star” continues to rise, Jack’s alcoholism and physical ailments drives him down a much darker path.
Included in the package are nearly 10 minutes of never-before-seen musical performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga which is featured in the “Jam Sessions and Rarities” special feature (“Baby What You Want Me To Do,” “Midnight Special,” “Is That Alright”). Other extras include the featurette “The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born,” several music videos (“Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” “Look What I Found,” “I’ll Never Love This Way”)
First Man, the acclaimed film based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD January 22 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Ryan Gosling reunited with La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle to play Armstrong, and the story centers on Armstrong’s journey to become the “first man” to walk on the moon.
The picture received 10 Critics’ Choice nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Actor (Gosling), Best Supporting Actress (Claire Foy), and Best Director (Chazelle).Click on the media bar to hear Gosling talk about the opportunity to work with astronauts during the production of First Man.
Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes, audio commentary (from Chazelle, editor Tom Cross, and screenwriter Josh Singer), and several featurettes (“Shooting for the Moon,” “Preparing to Launch,” “Giant Leap in One Small Step,” “Mission Gone Wrong,” and “Putting You In The Seat,” “Recreating the Moon Landing,” “Shooting at NASA,” and “Astronaut Training”).
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, When Harry Met Sally is coming to Blu-ray via Shout Select on January 8.
Directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me) and penned by late scribe Nora Ephron, the project centers on the 11-year friendship of Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan). Along with turning Ryan into a star, the feature also put singer Harry Connick Jr. firmly in the spotlight (he performed a selection of standards, including “It Had To Be You,” on the soundtrack). The movie’s image quality should be excellent, as it’s a 4K scan of the original camera negative.
The 30th anniversary edition comes with a new interview with Reiner and Crystal. Also included are two audio commentaries (one with Reiner, the other with Reiner, Ephron, and Crystal), deleted scenes, vintage featurettes, a music video by Connick Jr., the trailer, and vintage featurettes.
Gene Hackman has not starred in a film since 2004’s Welcome To Mooseport, and if you literally miss his voice then We, The Marines may be part of your holiday shopping.
Narrated by Hackman, the film takes a first-hand look at the men and woman who become part of the U.S. Marine Corps. The project was initially produced for permanent exhibition in the Giant Screen Medal of Honor Theater at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Hackman played a Marine in the 1984 feature Uncommon Valor.
We, The Marines will be released in a 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and Digital copy set on December 11 via Shout! Factory.
Bad Times at the El Royale, the latest film from Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard, hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on January 1 via Fox Home Entertainment.
The thriller centers on seven strangers who converge at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel where all of these fates will eventually align. Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Chris Hemsworth (who also starred in Cabin in the Woods) are among the ensemble. The feature clocks in at 141 minutes.
Special features on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions include a photo gallery and the featurette “Making Bad Times at the El Royale.” Have you seen Bad Times at the El Royale? Feel free to comment below!