In an early retail announcement, it appears that Anchor Bay Home Entertainment will be distributing a number of Twentieth Century Fox catalog titles on Blu-ray. The preliminary release list includes such diverse titles as:
No technical or supplementary details have been revealed for any of these Blu-rays.
According to Amazon, Project X, License To Drive, Dutch, Bad Girls, and Drive Me Crazy are expected to street on January 17, 2012, while The Terrorists, Grand Canyon, The Scout, and Monkeybone have a rumored street date of January 31st, 2012.
Grand Canyon is one of my favs and I'm pleasantly surprised it's coming out so soon. Thought it would be a long while before I saw that one on blu, if ever. I'm not familiar with Anchor Bay. How is the quality on their releases typically?
Anchor Bay was distributing titles for a while for FOX. Titles like License to Drive, Six Pack, A Night In Heaven went OOP for Anchor Bay looks like they got some renewed. Other titles are now out for release on DVD from Shout Factory like: Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Visiting Hours.
Can't wait for License to Drive and Project X. I at one point contacted Anchor Bay about License to Drive and at the time they said they no longer had the license for it - looks like they got it again!
Wow... 'Drive Me Crazy' gets a release from Anchor Bay and 'Fright Night' has to be released through a specialty company? No offense to the people that like the movie. I just don't see how the appeal would be any better for a typical teenage rom/com than a cult classic.
Project X is pleasant Generic 80's, to watch on a Matthew Broderick double feature with "WarGames".
And yes, @bbo, with other studios catching Warner's Disease for catalog titles, it's starting to resemble those birth-of-DVD days when studios didn't care about updating their catalog titles to DVD, and Anchor Bay stepped in to give us all those obscure Disney titles.
Nice to know that the small companies will still fill in where the big ones fail....I was afraid Fox would fall for the "Studio MOD archive" lure like everyone else.
NYCBHH, Are you new to collecting movies on video? I think thats the first time since the company was founded that ive heard someone say they werent familar with AnchorBay.
Atreyu, why not just order them now to lock in the 12.49 amazon price, you have to january to decide if you want to cancel the order or not, the danger in waiting and thinking about it is the price can and most allways goes up.
Grand Canyon is an excellent movie and I believe it was touted as a trilogy of films that were produced by Lawrence Kasdan, who also did "Empire Strikes Back". While it was part of Kasdan's trilogy, I believe this was the second film in the series, the films all had a common "story" element.
There was a description on the DVD cover that pointed to this fact. But, this is a great drama and if you enjoyed "A River Runs Through It", I think you'll enjoy this film, as well.
Vurgil on BD!!!! Im all over this. One of my fav films growing up as a kid. I love the opening with Peter Gabriel's Shock the monkey song. Also I will pick up the 2 coreys License to drive as I am a big 2 coreys fan. RIP Haimster. Where is Dream a little dream on BD and Blown Away with the sexy Nicole Eggert from charles in charge.
Dutch & License to Drive are definites in my book.
I may consider some of the others.
I remember Grand Canyon coming the cinemas when I was a kid, the banner was hanging in the cinemaplex, boy I miss the late 80's early 90's, a time when my city still had cinemas in it, now all the major ones are in the suburbs.
Someone get me a time machine.
On interesting note, here in Australia Dutch was labeled Drive Me Crazy when I saw it on VHS all them years ago, have not seen it since.
Since it's OOP, I think I'll wait for an official announcement before selling my dvd of Dutch, but if it does come to Blu, it'll make for a great double feature night with Disorganized Crime. If Sony (or Image) would release The Big Chill to compliment Grand Canyon that'd be great! Might pick up License to Drive too, for nostalgia's sake - the two Corey's were always a great pairing, and it's been so long, I've forgotten what the film was even about - though I'd probably be better off revisiting The Lost Boys.
I would just about fill my drawers if LA Story saw a Blu-ray release. The bare-bones 2-channel Dolby DVD release is very underwhelming, yet this is one of the most underrated movies in mind. The script is so brilliant and the story so moving and hilarious and fantastic all at the same time, really testament to Steve Martin's genius. I think this just narrowly edges Planes, Trains and Automobiles as my favourite Steve Martin movie, but it's very close thanks to the incredible ending of PTA.
Grand Canyon is a great film, somewhat compromised by a kind of narrative schizophrenia. On the one hand, the characters and their stories are absorbing and beautifully written and acted. On the other hand, juxtaposed against the geologic ages of the canyon, all those fates and stories fade into insignificance. The characters imply that the canyon gives them a sort of gold standard of meaning, that is, that seeing that vast canyon helps them put their own lives into perspective; but that seems more like a rationalization than anything else. As well, in the main story, all is not as realistic as it seems. The characters dream, and their dreams shape their subsequent reality. One of the main characters is a movie maker who dreams out loud, so to speak, and yet who does not go with the other characters to the canyon, but disappears back into the dark nothingness of a giant studio building. The persistence of magic and miracle is stressed in the main story, but how are we to understand that against the "perspective inducing" background of the canyon. This is an excellent film, good in more ways than I have time to recount here, fascinating, complex, human. But I think Kasdan might have bitten off a bit more than he was prepared to chew here, and the ending doesn't quite work. One small simple change might have made it work better, and that is, to run the last five minutes of the film – which is a swooping helicopter flight through the canyon(s) – without running the end titles over them. Just have the canyon present. Then fade to black, and run the credits.
I've watched this film probably more a dozen or more times, both on VHS, and then on DVD. If the blu has at least reasonable quality, it's a first-day buy for me.