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Four Additional Universal Catalog Titles Due in March

Posted December 19, 2013 03:01 AM by Webmaster

Universal 100thUniversal Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced four additional catalog titles, each one set to release on March 4, 2014. The films making their Blu-ray debut include Far and Away, Fried Green Tomatoes, Intolerable Cruelty and Somewhere in Time.

Far and Away

Synopsis: In 1893, a young, tempramental Irish immigrant named Joseph Donnelly (Tom Cruise) flees Ireland with his landlord's daughter, Shannon (Nicole Kidman), after some trouble with her father (Robert Prosky). Moving to the United States, the couple dreams of acquiring land via the big giveaway in Oklahoma. The film is directed by Ron Howard, with a screenplay by Bob Dolman and music by John Williams.

Presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Extras include:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy

Fried Green Tomatoes

Synopsis: Unhappy Alabama housewife Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) befriends an elderly woman named Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) in a nursing home, and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know. Directed by Jon Avnet and adapted from "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" by Fannie Flagg, the Academy Award-nominated film also stars Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Cicely Tyson and Chris O'Donnell.

Presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Extras include:
  • Feature Commentary with Director Jon Avnet
  • Moments of Discovery: The Making of Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Sipsey's Recipe
  • Jon Avnet's Director's Notes
  • Production Photographs
  • Poster Campaign
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy

Intolerable Cruelty

Synopsis: Miles Massey (George Clooney), a prominent Los Angeles divorce attorney has everything. But despite his impressive client list, a formidable win record, the respect of his peers and an ironclad contract (the "Massey pre-nup") named after him, he's reached a crossroads in his life. Sated on success, boredom has set in and he's looking for new challenges. All that changes when Miles meets his match in the devastating Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Marylin is the soon-to-be ex-wife of his client (Edward Herrmann), a wealthy real estate developer and habitual philanderer. Underhanded tactics, deceptions and an undeniable attraction escalate as Marylin and Miles square off in this battle of the sexes from directors Joel and Ethan Coen.

Presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround. Extras include:
  • A Look Inside Intolerable Cruelty
  • The Wardrobe
  • Filmmaker Approved and Assembled Outtakes
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy

Somewhere in Time

Synopsis: Director Jeannot Szwarc's romance stars Christopher Reeve as a Chicago playwright named Richard Collier who uses self-hypnosis and time travel to find the actress (Jane Seymour) whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel. The film is based on screenwriter Richard Matheson's own 1975 novel, "Bid Time Return," and co-stars Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright, Bill Erwin, George Voskovec and Susan French.

Presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo. Extras include:
  • Feature Commentary with Director Jeannot Szwarc
  • Back to Somewhere in Time
  • The Somewhere In Time Fan Club
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy



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News comments (31 comments)



prack_2011
  Dec 19, 2013
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Haven't seen Far and Away. A definite buy. Tom Cruise Rocks

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BluPat
  Dec 19, 2013
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Where is 'Double Indemnity' (1944)? And other classic films from Universal?

noirjunkie
  Dec 19, 2013
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@BluPat

Universal is remarkably indifferent to its back catalog of black and white films. "Double Indemnity" and "Touch of Evil" are actually supposed to come out at some point in the not-too-distant future, but beyond that, good luck.

Atreyu
  Dec 19, 2013
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My hubby will be pleased with Fried Green Tomatoes as he knows every line by heart.

Arkadin
  Dec 19, 2013
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been waiting patiently for Fried Green Tomatoes.
great film.

Fingerlakes Dave
  Dec 19, 2013
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Somewhere in Time depending on the PQ/AQ reviews
animefan77
  Dec 19, 2013
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Very skeptical about Far and Away release. No new extras from the DVD. Seems like typical Universal release where they just used previous DVD and not from the actual film source to remaster. This could have incredible picture quality like Lawrence of Arabia, Sound of Music, and other 70mm films. But I'm betting this will be like the My Fair Lady. Waste of 70mm film. I really do hope I'm wrong, I really like this film.
asmodeux21
  Dec 19, 2013
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Universal, let's have new scans/transfers for these movies. No old masters with DNR/edge enhancement. Pretty please.

tru blu
  Dec 19, 2013
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What are the chances for a full 4K restoration of the 70mm print of Far and Away?. I will wait for reviews.
reidw
  Dec 19, 2013
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I have tried many times to sit through Far and Away but I've never made it to the end yet. I like the leads but for some reason I just don't find the story very interesting or plausible (at least as far as I've watched it).

benzgrl
  Dec 19, 2013
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What a GREAT film Far and Away was! Too bad these two didn't stay together.
MoulinBlu
  Dec 19, 2013
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Was hoping for an announcement on Slither, Jaws 2, Brotherhood of the Wolf, and a few others, finally. But these are very welcome additions too.

@animefan: Unfortunately, Universal isn't doing anything every other major studio (Sony, Warner, Disney, Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount) hasn't been doing from the start and continue to cheaply do today for the majority of their catalog properties. It'll still be a welcome upgrade from DVD, but if they don't put a genuine effort into it, I'd wait for the price to be right ($10 or less) before giving them my money.

Alex DeLarge
  Dec 19, 2013
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SOMEWHERE IN TIME will be a nice upgrade from dvd. The beautiful cinematography will benefit from the higher resolution. Though I prefer Matheson's original downbeat ending I still have a soft spot for this film. Really great performances all around and a wonderful John Barry score.

vaderman
  Dec 19, 2013
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Definitely in for Far and away. One of my favorite Tom Cruise movies. I also love movies set around the time period.

cran-blu
  Dec 19, 2013
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I'm down for Far and Away and Fried Green Tomatoes
Chris Lamm
  Dec 19, 2013
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Near saw Far and Away but will probably pick up if technical reviews are good.
Definitely Somewhere in Time and Fried Green Tomatoes

Wish Universal would release Always as well as The Great Waldo Pepper
corockymtnhi
  Dec 19, 2013
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Universal released two DVD versions of Somewhere in Time and both were non-anamorphic widescreen, so the Blu-ray should be a big improvement in image quality. However, the extras are all from the second DVD release.

Far and Away is Ron Howard's epic, based on the story of his own ancestors who came from Ireland and settled in the Oklahoma Territory (Howard was born in Oklahoma). The movie drags at times, but the climactic recreation of the Oklahoma Land Rush is worth sitting through the slow parts, and Cruise's performance is one of his best (reportedly, he was dissatisfied with his Irish brogue, so he practiced some more and then re-dubbed most of his lines). The DVD looks like it may have been sourced from the 70mm elements, so I'm optimistic that the Blu-ray will be even better.

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nathanp
  Dec 19, 2013
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Four passes.

Croweyes1121
  Dec 19, 2013
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If Far and Away is in 2.20:1, remastered, and includes the TV cut (not holding my breath), I'll be a very, very happy collector.

Alucard64
  Dec 19, 2013
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Finally, Somewhere in Time! Also looking forward to Far and Away.
jayembee
  Dec 19, 2013
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Somewhere in Time is a definite.
Intolerable Cruelty is a maybe.

mcfddj74
  Dec 19, 2013
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C'mon !! Where is Streets of Fire ?!! You dumped it on a region 2 locked disc, can you please dump it here finally ?? I know it will look like crap because that's how universal rolls.....ill just make sure I trade in movies to moviestop to get the disc free so I don't actually pay money for it since universal doesn't care about quality at all. So I don't feel like using actual money at all either.

ColdCountryMN
  Dec 20, 2013
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Where is Death Becomes Her? Or Jaws 2/3D/Revenge?

VanDammage80
  Dec 20, 2013
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Been waiting for Far and Away!!! Such an underrated movie.

sygnus
  Dec 20, 2013
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It'd be even better if Far and Away included the extended cut, but that's probably hoping for way too much. Happy it's findinging it's way to Blu though

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honeylatte
  Dec 20, 2013
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hoping for good quality on far and away
DrWally
  Dec 20, 2013
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Croweyes, what was added to the TV cut of Far and Away? I recall that Universal released the Extended TV cut of Waterworld (albeit on DVD) so you never know.
davcole
  Dec 21, 2013
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My heart skipped a beat when I read FRIED GREEN TOMATOES but what's up with the $40 retail? I'm sure that must have been a typo. Anyways, I've been awaiting that film on Bluray and that is indeed my favorite "chick flick".

Like others have wondered, will Universal do a 70mm remaster of FAR AND AWAY, if so it has a chance of looking amazing on Bluray, like other large format films have!

Croweyes1121
  Dec 24, 2013
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DrWally: I'm not entirely sure of all the details as it's been so long since I saw it air, but here's what I know:

1. A scene with Joesph and Shannon agreeing to shovel snow after getting kicked out of the apartment.

2. Scenes with Joseph going into the mine after the detonation didn't go off, showing how little he cared about his own safety.

3. A scene showing Shannon actually quitting her job at the chicken factory.

4. A scene between Shannon and her father.

5. A scene of Steven writing Shannon a letter.

I know there is more, but the major thing is the running time. The TV cut is 176 minutes (36 extra minutes). That's a pretty substantial difference.

andyk69
  Dec 25, 2013
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Far and away defenitly ! beautifully shot, Kidman looks gorgeous , touching movie without being over dramatic , light hearted , soundtrack is one of William's best in my opinion , he departed from his Spielberg's trademark melodies.

Tybo28
  Dec 25, 2013
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Sad that there are no new features for Fried Green Tomatoes, those listed are 15 years old. I was hoping when it finally arrived it wouldn't be a rush job, but, unfortunately...anyway, hope it's at least a new scan/transfer. I have serious doubts.


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