The 1976 film “Bugsy Malone“ will officially be getting a Blu-ray Disc release on August 31st as part of the Paramount Presents line, via Paramount Home Entertainment. This will be the very first time that the movie has been available in the Blu-ray format. The film, written & directed by Alan Parker, starred Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Florence Garland, and John Cassisi. The movie has been remastered from the original elements. Tech specs for the release have not yet been fully detailed, but stay tuned for an update. The release will come with a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find this Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. This release, set to be spine number 23 in the Paramount Presents line, will come with a collectible slipcover that folds out into the original movie poster (pictured below).
The bonus materials set to be included with this release are listed below.
NEW “Give A Little Love: Paul Williams on Bugsy Malone”
NEW “Filmmaker Focus” with executive producer David Puttnam
Further below, after the break, you can find the press announcement from the studio about this particular title, as well as two others, coming to Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents Blu-ray line.
The 1981 film “Mommie Dearest” starring Faye Dunaway is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc on June 1st via Paramount Presents. This film, which will be spine number 17 in the series, was directed by Frank Perry and is based on the abusive relationship between actress Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina Crawford — who wrote the book it is based on. It co-starred Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva, and Rutanya Alda. The tech specs for the release have not yet been detailed but it is known that this release has received a new 4K scan and restoration. Stay tuned for an update regarding the specifics for the aspect ratio and audio format hopefully soon in an update. This Blu-ray release will come with a digital copy of the film. You can now find the Paramount Presents Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on this release, with new extras created by Reverend Entertainment, are listed below.
Commentary by American drag queen Hedda Lettuce –NEW!
Filmmaker Focus: Biographer Justin Bozung on director Frank Perry –NEW!
Commentary by filmmaker John Waters
The Revival of Joan
Life with Joan
Joan Lives On
Original Theatrical Trailer
This Paramount Presents Blu-ray release will include the physical extra of a fold-out poster via the slipcover case (as shown below) as well.
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming Blu-ray release of the film.
The 2001 film “The Last Castle” will finally be making its Blu-ray Discdebut on May 25th via Paramount Home Entertainment. The tech specs for the release and bonus materials have yet to be detailed but stay tuned for an update on that. This news comes confirmed via Justin Beahm who worked on the bonus materials for this release with his Reverend Entertainment and discussed the privilege it was to work on the release today on his site. The film, directed by Rod Lurie, starred Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, and Delroy Lindo. You can now find the Blu-ray listed as available to preorder over at Amazon.
The 1976 film “The Bad News Bears” starring Walter Matthau is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc on March 30th, via Paramount, according to an early retailer listing. The film, directed by Michael Ritchie, co-starred Tatum O’Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten, Ben Piazza, Alfred Lutter III, Chris Barnes, Erin Blunt, and Jackie Earle Haley.
UPDATE #1: well, word has it that Justin Beahm’s Reverendent Entertainment did some new extras for this release. UPDATE #2: well, this has totally made my day and come as a great surprise. Here’s the list of bonus materials set to be included on this Blu-ray Disc debut of the film — via Justin Beahm‘s social media account.
Sometimes You Lose: Kevin Smith on The Bad News Bears
Life Imitates Art: Jackie Earle Haley on The Bad News Bears
Get to the Finals: Producer Stanley Jaffe on The Bad News Bears
Shot on Super-8: Jackie Earle Haley’s Home Movies
UPDATE #3: the tech specs include 1080p HD in presumably the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (or perhaps 1.78:1) and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.
It is also known, via the cover art (pictured above) that the release will come with a digital copy of the film. You can now find the Blu-ray listed for preorder over at Amazon as well as at retailers Target and Walmart.