Olive Films follows-up last week’s announcement of five new Blu-ray film release with five more this week … and all five are making their Blu-ray debuts.
The street date for this next round is Apr. 28 and it is only a matter of taste in film viewing as to which one will be at the top of your list (Blu-ray and DVD SKUs will be available for all five film releases). So in no particular order let us begin the parade of hits with Jodie Foster as both director and star of the 1991 single mom tale, Little Man Tate.
Foster plays a blue collar mom who discovers that her seven-year-old son, Fred (Adam Hann-Byrd — The Ice Storm, Jumanji, etc.) is a genius, which is almost overwhelming for her … and a struggle for him as well as he has to come to grips with the fact that he is “different” than the others kids his age.
Also on the family side of the ledger — and also starring and directed by a major Hollywood star — is Paul Newman’s 1984 film, Harry and Son, co-starring Robby Benson (as his son) and featuring an all-star cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Wilford Brimley, Ellen Barkin, Judith Ivey and Joanne Woodward.
Next up is director Arthur Hiller’s 1984 dramedy, Teachers, starring Nick Nolte as a burned-out high school teacher who begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel when he takes up with a former student of his (played by JoBeth Williams) and at the same time finds an additional spark in mentoring a troubled student (played by Ralph Macchio). Others in the cast include Morgan Freeman, Laura Dern, Lee Grant and Crispin Glover.
Rounding out the Apr. 28 new-to-Blu-ray selections are Hollywood Shuffle (1987, starring, written, produced and directed by Robert Townsend) and director Harry Hook’s 1990 remake of the William Golding novel, Lord of the Flies.