Monday, February 23, 2015

Olive Films Sets Five New Blu-ray Releases For Apr. 21 Including Abbott And Constello's Dance With Me, Henry

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Olive Films has announced five new Blu-ray selections for delivery to retail on Apr. 21 … it is an eclectic mix!

Leading the parade — and that is strictly a matter of taste — is director Charles Barton’s 1956 film release of Dance With Me, Henry, teaming Bud Abbott and Lou Costello for their 36th and final comedy screen appearance together.   And yes, that’s former Mickey Mouse Club member Sherry (Sherry Alberoni) playing the role of Bootsie … the orphan girl, Shelley, is played by veteran child star Gigi Perreau, who would transition later in the decade to such teen flicks as The Cool and the Crazy, Girls Town and Tammy Tell Me True and the orphan boy, Duffer, is played by Rusty Hamer (best known as Danny Thomas’ son on the Make Room for Daddy comedy series).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Other comedy releases in the Blu-ray mix are director Michael Schultz’s 1975 film, Cooley High (starring Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Glynn Turman and SNL alum Garrett Morris) and director Jason Bloom’s 1996 comedy release of Bio-Dome, starring Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin.

For action fans, Olive Films has the Blu-ray debut of Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Melody Anderson in director J. Lee Thompson’s 1986 treasure hunt adventure, Firewalker.
The final new-to-Blu-ray selection is the 1995 all-star romantic drama from director Tony Richardson, Blue Sky, which won Jessica Lange the Oscar for Best Actress.  Counted among this period piece (circa early 1960s) about nuclear testing and marital strife are Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe, Carrie Snodgrass future comic book hero, Robin (of Batman fame), Chris O’Donnell.

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