Olive Films announced this past week that four new Blu-ray product offerings will be retail-ready on May 19 (DVD editions of all four films will also be available).
Leading the charge is director Robert M. Young’s 1986 film adaptation of the William Mastrosimone’s off-Broadway stage play, Extremities, starring Farrah Fawcett as the victim of a sexual predator, with James Russo as “Joe” (reprising his stage performance … plus in such films as Beverly Hills Cop, The Box, The Ninth Gate, etc.) as her attacker.
A cat-and-mouse game of terror ensues when Marjorie (Farrah Fawcett) finds that her attacker from the previous week (the police were no help) has come knocking at her door. With rape and murder as his agenda, she manages to overcome him (bug spray can be so handy) and tie him up.
It is about that this time that her roommates return (played by Alfre Woodard and Diana Scarwid) to see the home-invader a prisoner and the place a shambles. Since Marjorie has already seen how the legal system works, she decides to take justice into her own hands. Her roommates want this to be over with and want to call the cops … and therein lies the dilemma. The wily Joe quickly begins to play the roommates off against each other and perhaps before the night is out his one victim will become three!
Extremities proved that Farrah Fawcett was more than just a pretty face … her performance here received high praise from film critics and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress (she lost out to Marlee Matlin for her performance in Children of a Lesser God).
Other films making up the May 19 package are writer/director Joel Schumacher’s 1999 film release of Flawless, teaming the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (four Oscar nominations, with Best Actor win for Capote) and Robert De Niro (seven Oscar nominations, with wins for Best Actor in Raging Bull and Best Supporting Actor in The Godfather, Part II) and the four-part mini-series, Peter Benchley's Creature.
And last, but not least, May 19 brings the Blu-ray debut of director Edward L. Cahn’s 1958 sci-fi masterpiece, It! The Terror Beyond Space, starring Marshall Thompson and Shawn Smith (aka: Shirley Patterson), with none other than Ray “Crash” Corrigan as the bloodthirsty creature from Mars!