Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that, on February 22, 2011, it will release 48 Hrs. on Blu-ray. This 1982 buddy movie starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy had been previously announced in 2009, only to be delayed indefinitely. Its sequel, Another 48 Hrs., has not been announced for BD release.
The only special feature listed is the theatrical trailer, in high definition.
Nice to see this back on the release list. Disappointing that they could not get Nolte or Murphy for a commentary. But to have another 80's comedy classic on BD is good enough for me. Hopefully the Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy will make it's debut in 2011 as well.
Another 48 Hrs was absolute crap thanks to one of the most absurd twists I've ever witnessed in a film(the identity of the Iceman). I wish Walter Hill didn't hate extra features. According to the late Brion James, the producers cut about 30 minutes of footage from the movie(including a ton of scenes with his character) right before it opened. It would be cool to see it on the eventual Blu-ray release, but unfortunately I don't see that ever happening.
Watch Paramount do an Eddie Murphy box set called something like, The Non-Axel Foley Edition or The Post-Saturday Night Live Collection consisting of 48Hrs, Trading Places, Coming to America, Harlem Nights and Another 48Hrs. 2 of which you can only get in the set. Another 48 & Harlem. Of course I left out The Golden Child, Best Defense and Vampire in Brooklyn aka the Non-Classic Comedy Edition. Beverly Hills Cop should get it's own box set, even though III was not as funny as one or as action packed as two.
Good way for Paramount to start off the year. Hope they go out with a bang again like they did this year with Apocolypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, etc.. Here's hoping we get a nice Indiana Jones collection by the end of the summer. Will be getting this day one, considering it gets a reasonable price. Hope they release Beverly Hills Cop before too long as well (fingers crossed).
Hmm. No extra features. It had better be great AQ and PQ then. If Hill doesn't hate that too.
Anyway, I need the sequel too. I've actually seen it more often than the first. Owning just one of them isn't enough. But time will tell about the release of the sequel. I'm in no hurry. Lack of money...
Yeah... I've heard this before... seems like they all keep the great movies on hold until they can milk the not so great movies for all its worth. Don't mean to sound like a wet blanket, but I'll be impressed once I actually see it on sale at Amazon.com.
Could this mean Paramount is getting back in the catalog market (besides Dreamworks, 2000's titles and titles like True Grit that are being remade), let's hope this means a lot of pre-1995 classics in their vault will be coming again.
It shows how much Paramount actually cares about this film getting the blu ray treatment. By including the trailer as the only extra is very lame. No commentary, no deleted scenes, nothing. They'll probably skimp on extras as well, whenever the BHC films comes to blu ray.