Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has now officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Peter Bogdanovich's At Long Last Love (1975), starring Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, and Madeline Kahn. The release will be available for purchase in less than a week on June 4th.
Writer-director Peter Bogdanovich's daring experiment in direct-sound musical, At Long Last Love is a charming pastiche of superb Cole Porter songs woven together to tell a gossamer tale of life among the idle rich. The romantic roundelay is peopled by a carefree playboy (Reynolds), a madcap heiress (Shepherd), a Broadway diva (Kahn), and an Italian gambler (Duilio Del Prete); with a pair of wised-up servants (John Hillerman, Eileen Brennan) providing little perspective. Released just in time for Cole Porter's birthday on June 9, the film features stunning 1930s-inspired, black-and-white-in-color design, and is presented here in the director's preferred cut which was personally overseen by Bogdanovich.
I can't quite believe that, with so many great Fox films still not unavailable on Blu ray anywhere (least of all here in the UK where over 40 of their classic titles have never been released) they'd bother with this career-ending fat turkey. At this rate, we'll get the even worse "Lucky Lady" on Blu by the end of the year...
One can only guess it's a product availability issue. This is a very small release, probably a small initial pressing, available ONLY on Amazon. It's now showing 6/10 after the questionable idea of saying it's going to be in stock on Sunday the 9th - a day they will not ship on - and having to explain... Why say it's in stock when they won't ship? It's not like it was actually going to be delivered to Amazon on Sunday. It's all very weird the way it's been handled. I don't expect to see this in a display at Best Buy or Target, but why put it on presale for a date you can't make, hold off on any official announcement until four days before release date (with the wrong rating) then change the date two more times? Perhaps this is a test case for deep catalog for Fox... Amazon exclusive, limited distribution is fine, I'd just suggest they keep release dates a secret in the future and only announce when it's available.